The NFL has become a league of teams that choose to run the ball by committee – rarely will a team rest all of its running success on one running back. This has allowed many “second options” to gain prominence, including Ben Tate of the Houston Texans.
Tate was selected by the Texans in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft after he had a successful campaign at Auburn University. He suffered a broken right ankle in his rookie year, but bounced back in 2011 to gain just shy of 1,000 yards on the ground. The Texans are again relying on Tate to produce for the team.
Unfortunately for C. Lamont Smith of All Pro Sports & Entertainment (APSE), Tate is no longer a client. According to Neil Stratton at InsideTheLeague.com, Tate recently left APSE for Athletes First. As our 2010 NFL Draft Pick/Agent Selection Master List shows, Tate was an APSE client when he was drafted, but as Stratton explains, Tate was actually signed to Allegiant Athletic Agency (a3) prior to the Draft. So Tate is on to his third agency before he signs his second NFL contract.