While Cameron Brate is the only player in the NFL with six or more touchdown receptions in each of the last three years, he carries a heavy cap hit of $7 million heading into the 2019 season. Tampa Bay is paying a large fee for the team’s second tight end and could look to ship him out and draft another tight end on a rookie deal instead.
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Over the last three years, Brate has averaged over 60 catches per season, taking a step back in 2018 as O.J. Howard remained relatively healthy. In that span, Brate has tallied over 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns, becoming one of Jameis Winston’s favorite target in the red zone and beyond.
While the Buccaneers could lose an efficient target on the offensive side of the ball, they must consider whether or not the second tight end on their roster is worth the heavy cost of $7 million in 2019. If the Buccaneers are looking to clear up cap space during the draft, they may be able to get a fourth rounder out of the nearly 28-year-old tight end from Harvard University. If the general manager Jason Licht is interested in trading back into the first round, Brate could also be packaged with the 39th overall pick to jump up in the draft.