4 moves to help the Buccaneers reach their top potential
By Rob Leeds
Trade Cameron Brate
Cameron Brate has been a staple on the Buccaneer offense for several years now, but his time may be up in Tampa Bay. As previously mentioned, Brate doesn’t fit Arians’ offensive scheme, and he has received almost no playing time so far this season.
Brate is predominantly a receiver, and O.J. Howard, Rob Gronkowski, and Antony Auclair are all better blockers, which is the skill that Arians is looking at the most.
Brate may have a high upside and is a good depth piece, but his price tag is too high for a Buccaneer salary cap that is already spread thin. The price would be worthwhile if Brate played, but it is too high for a player who is not getting any targets.
While he may not be the most-recognizable tight end in the league, Brate should have a decent draw amongst teams that desperately need a tight end. Several teams fit this bill while also having the cap space to bring in a new TE1-caliber player.
In a year where draft picks are less valuable than ever, teams may be more willing to part with a higher pick than usual for a consistent piece that still has more good football to play.
By making this move, the Bucs would free up some space to sign a contributing free agent during the playoff push, while also bringing a pick back in to continue building young depth on the roster for the future.