RTC: Ben Tate eager for a chance to shine

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ...

With Teddy Bridgewater's pro day today, and the others coming, the Houston Chronicle had some coaches offer their opinions of Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle sat down with the defensive coordinators at Rice and the University of Houston to break down their film.

Ben Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns over the weekend after months of speculation about their interest and a visit that lasted a couple days. The former Texans backup running back talked with local media in Ohio about how difficult it was to showcase his "full worth" when playing behind Arian Foster. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal quotes Tate as saying his legs are fresh and he can be one of the top backs in the league.

NFL.com listed Tate's signing as one of the best of free agency, calling it a shrewd deal by the Browns. Tate got a two-year deal worth $7 million.

The Oakland Raiders signed Antonio Smith as part of a makeover to repair a leaky defense, writes Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Oakland signed three defensive linemen -- Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley in addition to Smith.

Owen Daniels said goodbye to Houston in a tweet on Friday, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. He thanked fans and said his foundation would continue to help children in Houston despite his departure.