The Bucs have restructured the contract of tight end Cameron Brate on Sunday, per Greg Auman of the Athletic. While the exact financial details of this are unknown yet, Brate was set to make $6 million this season, with $4 million of it getting guaranteed on Sunday. 

This restructuring presumably opens up some more cap room for the Bucs, who have about just under $23 million left on their salary cap according to overthecap.com 

Brate has four years left on his contract after agreeing to a six-year $41 million contract in March of 2018. There is no dead cap space remaining on the rest of Brate’s deal. 

With the addition of quarterback Tom Brady, Brate’s role in the Bucs offense looks to be expanded. Brady utilizes the tight ends very often in his offense, which should bode well for both Brate and fellow starting tight end O.J. Howard.

Since joining the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Brate has had 195 receptions for 2,156 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career. 

 

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  1. Good move, Brate will have 8 to 12 TD’s. this year.

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  2. Awesome. Brate will be an asset for Brady and maybe since Brady doesnt throw as hard as Winston im hoping Howard can catch some balls.

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  3. Excellent! Brady will love Cam’s ability to get open in tight spaces. I thought he was gone.

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  4. Glad he’s staying. Brady Will get the best out of him and Howard. Go Bucs!

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  5. Hoping TEs will be used more. Brate has great hands and is as tough as they come. He played one whole season with a torn labrum. GO Bucs!

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  6. Excellent year coming for Brate. Good move.

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  7. Still have just enough to bring back suh and maybe one more key free agent.

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    • I thought since we brought in Brady, everyone else was supposed to be lining up to play for free.

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  8. Still wondering what our new uniforms are going to look like. My money is still on it being Tom Brady’s picture.

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  9. Another smart, good move.

    Would like to see Pewter Report do a ‘Battle Plan’ matrix and scorecard to see how each of the staff writers have done compared with our actual moves. Would be fun, maybe get a wager going among the staff.

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  10. Great to hear! Brate is such a great team player. Brady will enjoy having Brate and Howard in his arsenal, if Howard is still on the team come week 1. I still don’t rule out a trade involving Howard, given that Auclair was re-signed.

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  11. Everybody gonna get restructured. Gotta pay our 50 million dollar man even when he gets hurt.

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  12. Super Bowl!!!

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  13. Yeah, because anything in Tom Brady’s 20 year career suggests that he’s an injury waiting to happen. Including 19 out of 20 seasons of where he had ZERO missed games due to injury. But yeah you’re right, mr.brittle is just an injury waiting to happen lol

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  14. Good move. Wonder if they will trade Howard?

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  15. Glad he restructured so that they may keep him. This also may make it easier to trade him but I hope they don’t.

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  16. He saw the writing on the wall and decided better to restructure than be released. Smart. Harvard grad. Respect.

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  17. Hated Brady for years, now stuck rooting for him. This is weird. He will be on a short leash for me. Hope this plan works, it’s VERY risky with an aged QB whose talents have diminished.

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  18. He’s on a short leash. Yeah sure, you got it. They’re paying him 50 MIL guaranteed, but sure, the second he has a bad game, they’re gonna bench him and bring in Ryan Griffin instead. Are you alright? And his talents have Diminished? Yeah such as what? Let’s take a look at Brady’s talents shall we. Ok let’s begin. Brains – hasn’t diminished. Football IQ – hasn’t diminished. Accuracy – hasn’t diminished. Pocket awareness – hasn’t diminished. Mobility – never had any to begin with. Pocket mobility – maybe diminished a tiny bit. Reading coverages- hasn’t diminished. Going through his progressions – hasn’t diminished. Taking what the defense gives him – hasn’t diminished. Throwing the ball away if it isn’t there – hasn’t diminished. Arm strength – probably diminished a little. Deep ball arm strength – probably diminished a little bit. Deep ball touch – hasn’t diminished. Deep ball accuracy – hasn’t diminished very much at all. Durability – hasn’t diminished yet. Well looks to me like his talent hasn’t diminished very much has it. It’s amazing that just because he’s gonna be 43, you just assume his talent has diminished, or like a few other clowns in here, “one hit and the old man is done” like give me a break. You ever wonder how he’s able to play this good at 42, and still be durable? It’s because he takes incredible care of his body. That’s what separates the elite from the HOF’ers. Anyone ever remember the training regimen that Rice had? Even in his mid 30’s, players 15 years younger than him couldn’t make it through his entire workout regimen. Just relax, stop being pessimistic and enjoy the TB12 ride while it’s parked in Tampa

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    • When I say he’s on a short leash for me, that means we’d better see results quickly with playoff wins or the money and mortgaging the future will not be worth it. To claim that it isn’t risky to employ a 43 year old as an NFL QB is absurd. We shall see if the risk was worth the reward. Let’s hope so. By the way, it’s “play this well”, not “play this good”.

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  19. And to clarify since I’m on the pewterreport, I’m taking about Jerry Rice not Simeon Rice

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  20. Good News! I am glad hes coming back to play for TB12. Can you imagine the players excitement to see the GOAT trot on the practice field for the first time. Hopefully this year 🙁

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  21. It’s too bad Brate can’t block. Howard is a blocker and fantastic catching TE. But what good is it if your offense doesn’t use catching TE’s? Maybe Brady changes all that?

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  22. @Dave: You left out one of the talents I’m assuming he still has since he’s parading around with a smiling super model at his side. Guess he’s standing tall in the pocket as well as those youngsters. Who needs a little blue pill?

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  23. I was thinking Brady was a boon for the Bucs TEs. I am really happy that the Bucs were able to hang on to Brate. Could OJ Howard be the Bucs version of Gronk?

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  24. I’m thinking that though O.J. could be good trade bait he is likely to remain a Buc. He is still under his rookie contract and not subject to being lost in free agency.

    If either of our best tight ends go down during the “Super Bowl run” season we should be all right.
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  25. The restructure is great if it frees up cap money for a few key components needed on the offensive side of the ball. Even though the Bucs were in the middle with an avg sack per game percentage of around 7.5%, I’d like to have them sure up the left side of the line to protect Brady’s blind side, as well as pad the RB depth chart.

    No slight to RoJo, but WE NEED A RUNNING GAME!! We get an O line that can blow back opposing defenses as well as open holes and move to secondary blocks up field and we have an offense that can not only win games, but hold leads as we run the clock!

    Pick up a few key pieces on the defensive side (if that’s Suh or others), then we do have a legitimate shot at a couple of winning seasons. The key is to get a QB that Brady can groom and continue winning once he decides to hang his pads and cleats. I’m excited, but I won’t be “giddy” until we can answer those lingering questions. Definitely looking forward to what this season will bring for sure!

    HOIST THE COLORS, FIRE THE CANNONS, AND GO BUCS!!!!

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