Free agent running back Ben Tate, formerly of the Texans, is in Cleveland meeting with the Browns Thursday night, a league source told cleveland.com Thursday evening.

If all goes as expected, the Browns could soon sign Tate, who's averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his three seasons. The club later confirmed that Tate was in Cleveland.

The Browns are looking for a featured back to bolster their running game, which finished tied for 27th in the NFL last year. They contemplated trading for Tate, 25, last season, but opted to wait for him to become a free agent instead.

Tate (5-11, 217) is a former second-round pick out of Auburn in 2010.

In 2013, he appeared in 14 games with seven starts after a season-ending injury to Arian Foster. He responded with 771 yards rushing and four touchdowns despite battling cracked ribs for much of the season. He was ultimately placed on injured reserve Dec. 19th.

The Browns haven't had a featured back since they traded Trent Richardson after the first two games of last season.