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Texans RB Situation: Even brighter than expected (aka: What can we get for Tate?)

Lots of good reports out of camp, but it's worth keeping in perspective that a good report could just as easily be the product of bad play from the opposing unit just as much as it could be good play from the lauded unit. For instance, the defensive line seems to be unstoppable in the pass rush according to multiple tweets and reports, but that could just be the product of an offensive line in transition too (or a little bit of both, of course). Likewise, the defense is having trouble stopping the run, which could be a defensive deficiency but is more than likely just what happens against the best backfield in the NFL.

I've read that Tate's patience in his running is improved. Free agent addition Justin Forsett won wild praise from Kubes after the second or third training camp session. UDFA Jonathan Grimes too has been singled out as unexpectedly impressive. That's four solid running backs (including the as-of-yet unmentioned Arian Foster), not including UDFA Davin Meggett (haven't heard much of him, good or bad). Then there's the currently crowded FB spot too, with Kubiak's own "Jim Thorpe" in James Casey, proven free agent (and former Texan) Moran Norris, and converted LB Derrell Smith (who, according to tweets, had a helluva practice today).

In the football version of Marry, Shag, and Kill, we're likely only to keep four or five players between the RB and FB spots on the roster, stash another one or two away on the practice squad, then cut the remainder. To me, it seems obvious that we'll keep Foster, Tate, and Forsett at RB and Casey at FB. However, given the praise for Grimes and Smith at RB and FB respectively, I'd like to keep them on the practice squad (if Derrell Smith has any remaining eligibility, which I believe he does). However, I am concerned another team would poach Grimes, so I'd like him on the active roster. We are highly unlikely to keep four RBs on the roster though, thus making the young and talented Tate expendable (especially considering we can't keep him more than a couple of years given the contract he's likely to get elsewhere). So, we ought to trade him for something of value while we can...but what?

Spare me the Mike Wallace talk too, we can't afford Wallace and then re-sign folks like Brown, Barwin, Quin, Schaub, and Cushing over the next couple of years (and it's debatable whether we could afford to resign all of those without any additional obligations). With that in mind, is there anyone we should trade Tate for? I'm of the opinion we should trade for picks, such as the kind of late 1st that Cleveland offered us this past draft or even a couple of 2nds.

Thoughts?

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