NFL Trade Deadline 2013: 5 Bold Trades The Houston Texans Should Make

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Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) is defended by Kansas City Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis (23) at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Texans 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Texans should trade Ben Tate: This trade should had been done in the offseason, because his value will be high when the 2013 season is complete, because he’s going to be a free agent.

Though Tate is a little banged up and the Texans’ current running back situation after Arian Foster is a little shaky, trading Tate can make this team better for the 2014 season.

Tate has 66 rushes this season for 318 yards and one touchdown. His best season was 2011 where he played in 15 games and totaled 842 yards and four touchdowns.

This season, Tate is averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

Let’s just face it … there isn’t going to be a storybook ending for the Texans’ 2013 season. Let’s just say by some sheer luck the Texans earn a Wild Card berth … they aren’t going anywhere in the AFC.

Plus, being 2-5, why not start looking ahead, because as I said earlier, this season is close to being over for the preseason Super Bowl contenders.

I say trade Tate now if possible, because they will be left empty-handed come the start of free agency.

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