Tate predicted he would be heading elsewhere on Twitter Monday afternoon.
Carry on for the rest of my career thanks Htown for all the support but odds are I won't be back— Ben Tate (@BenTateRB) December 30, 2013
Tate has played behind star running back Arian Foster since joining the Texans as a second-round pick in the 2010 draft and is considered one of the top backups -- if not the top backup -- in the league. One can hardly blame him for attempting to get out of the shadow of one of the NFL's top backs and test the waters of free agency.
The 25-year-old was gifted a prime opportunity to showcase his skills to potential suitors this year when Foster was placed on season-ending injured reserve during the 2013 season. Tate had mixed results as the team's top back -- rushing for 771 yards and four touchdowns -- but was hampered by his own injury concerns. He played through four cracked ribs for the latter part of the season, but Tate was finally placed on IR himself after breaking a fifth rib.