I know that many want to say bye to Brate. I think they can extend his contract for relatively small dollars…making this year cap hit around $1.5 million. Brate has been dependable…can’t say the same for some other TEs. Why not keep him…he wants to stay in Tampa, helps the team, and has shown flexibility with compensation.
It really depends on what Brate wants. Because although Brate is under contract for a few more years, its at $6.25 mil for 2021. The Bucs will want to refinance his contract and probably give him less money for maybe two years. So that puts the ball in Brate’s court. He can go along with that plan, or he can get cut loose and shop himself around. If that happens he can probably do reasonably better on another team. Obviously I don’t know what Brate would choose between those two options.
But here’s what I’ll say about Licht. He may not be on the exact same page as the fans or even Bruce Arians. We all want to bring back all the same guys, but Licht probably realizes that if you want to have a winning organization you have to keep restocking the shelves with some new product. You have to bring in some new blood every year and not spend all your money trying to recreate the past. So far we’ve seen the low hanging fruit getting picked, but don’t assume that Licht is totally laser focused on bringing all these guys…like Brate… back into the fold when the free agents will be out there.
I agree with Barnz, with the clause that if he can agree to take less or restructure he should stay. Depth and continuity for a reliable target Brady likes is invaluable comebgame time and situational ball.
Brate is pushing 30, so what little speed he has will start to diminish enough to make him replaceable. That said, he’s been a good tight end for this team. With Jameis as the QB he would get drilled over and over reaching for those off target bullshit passes he would lib out there.
Howard will continue to get hurt but he is most valuable to be traded now. Problem is Gronk plays 2 years at most and then you are back to drafting a TE again.
I think howard and Brate are making the same. Howard is the one who should NOT get guaranteed money and offer to take a reduced amount of money. If he doesnt want to do that, then maybe they should trade him.
We CANNOT pay 3 TEs $6 million a year, that’s crazy talk. OJ’s contract is guaranteed to injury, we cannot cut him because he won’t pass a physical… Gronk will be re-signed probably at $5-6 million, Brate needs to take a paycut or we get rid of him.
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