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Should Dolphins go after RB Ben Tate?

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins' tailback depth took a hit when Knowshon Moreno was lost for the season with a knee injury. They also have a banged-up starter in Lamar Miller, who is dealing with a shoulder injury.

This is why Tuesday's release of running back Ben Tate by the Cleveland Browns is interesting. Miami could certainly use another proven rusher. Tate started six games this season and rushed for 333 yards and four touchdowns. He also was one of the top free agents on the market this past offseason.

The Dolphins have a connection to Tate on their coaching staff. Offensive line coach John Benton was with the Texans with Tate, who spent his first four seasons in Houston. That means Tate would have familiarity with Miami's zone-blocking schemes.

If I'm Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey, it's at least worth an exploratory phone call to Tate and his representatives this week. They are in the middle of a playoff race in the AFC and need as much depth as possible.