After finishing the 2017 season 5-11, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers certainly went into the offseason knowing they had to make some changes to their roster. One change they couldn’t afford to make, however, was losing tight end Cameron Brate, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent. Today the team has agreed to re-sign Brate to a long-term deal to avoid any chance of losing him.

The details of the deal include $41 million over six years (an average of $6.8 million per year) with $18 million guaranteed.

Brate was a diamond-in-the-rough find for the Buccaneers. After going undrafted in 2014, Brate was signed to the Bucs practice squad to start the season. He spent most of his time there before being called up to the active roster for the last few weeks of his rookie year. In September of the following year, he was released by the Bucs. He spent a week on the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad, but then returned to the Buccaneers after that, this time on the active roster right away. Since then Brate has been climbing the ladder of the offensive ranks, and is now, as his contract suggests, a focal point for what head coach Dirk Koetter wants to do on offense.

In 2016, Brate led all tight ends in the NFL with eight touchdowns and had 57 receptions with 660 yards. In 2017, Brate’s numbers were down all around, just six touchdowns with 48 catches and 591 yards, but that can be credited to the team adding rookie tight end O.J. Howard. Just because he had another tight end running with him didn’t make Brate’s presence any less important, and by signing him to a long-term deal, the team put their money where their minds were and proved that.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Fantastic news!!! Go Bucs!!!

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    • Who in the world gives a thumbs down to this?
      Very strange if you are a Bucs fan to give a thumbs down.

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      • Don’t discount the number of idiots that visit this site.. šŸ˜‰

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  2. Good for this young man. He fought to become relevant and his hard work has paid off.

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    • He worked his butt off and got paid.

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  3. Great signing, especially in terms of value. This puts him at 13th in the NFL in terms of TE yearly salaries. Quite the deal for a guy who’s earned it. Don’t think you see 6 year deals too often.

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  4. Tremendous news. Appropriate $ and good for both sides. Congrats Cameron!

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  5. Don’t be a bunch of suckers. This team has under performed drastically. We had 3 playoff teams in this division last year. We will be in last place again. You can bet on that. Do you really think this garbage is better than New Orleans, Carolina or Atlanta? You’re fooling yourselves. We should be skeptical of every move they make until they prove otherwise. They don’t get the benefit of the doubt.

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  6. Awesome!!!! You cant build a great team if you cant keep the Great Players you already have and C Brate is a Great Player! I Love having 2 Great TE’s and OJ Howard will be Great also! GO BUCS!!!

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  7. The Harvard Man will know how to invest that money. Congratulations Cam

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  8. It’s only a good signing if the coaches use the players properly. We had great and good talent at the WR and TE positions last year, but Koetter failed to build a scheme around that talent! At least they got rid of Hayes who kept wasting GMC’s talent with all of those stunts he ran.

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  9. Brate is a great receiving option and Iā€™m glad we re-signed him!

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  10. GREAT move! As we saw with Djax last year, you can’t buy chemistry. Brate and Winston DEFINITELY have chemistry. I look forward to seeing these 2 connect, especially in the redzone.

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  11. There is ever a “nattering nabob of negativity” or two in the crowd. Such is fandom,

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    Go Bucs!!!!!!

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