Upon further examination of the deal that the Browns signed with RB Ben Tate, it appears that GM Ray Farmer may have hit a homerun, and quite possibly speaks to the idea that Tate actually wanted to play in Cleveland.
The basics on the deal: It’s with $6.2 million dollars over two years. $1.5 million dollars is a signing bonus, with a total of $2.5 million dollars guaranteed. Tate’s base salaries are $1.2 million in year one, $2 million in year two. Additionally, he gets a $500,000 yards based incentive, as well as a $750,000 roster bonus that is paid out at $46,875 per game that Tate is active. As far as the cap goes, Tate counts $2.406 million against this year, $3.7 million against the 2015 cap. Numbers courtesy of @RavensInsider.
What does all this mean? The Browns got a great deal on Ben Tate. Tate was considered the most sought after running back in Free Agency, an exciting runner entering what should be his prime years. There’s really no other way to slice this, Ray Farmer did a great job.
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