Cam Brate’s Job Security

February 25th, 2020

Bucs GM Jason Licht.

In all the discussion about Bucs free agents, there is a looming decision on a player that is not a free agent.

With only so much cash to go around, trying to keep all of their important free agents may mean the unemployment of a player who has a big salary. And that player may be tight end Cam Brate.

The Harvard product is a helluva pass-catcher but not much of a blocker. At least in Bruce Arians’ offense last year, Bucs tight ends have to be blockers first.

Brate is expected to pull some $6 million. That’s pricy for a blocking tight end.

So when Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht fielded questions for the first time from reporters in 10 months, one question he was asked was if the Bucs could find room under the cap to sign their free agents and keep Brate.

Licht gave the most politically correct answer one could hatch.

“Potentially,” Licht said.”We will have to see how things go and how pieces fall. Potentially, yeah.”

Just like the team’s stance on a quarterback who threw for 5,100 yards and 33 touchdowns — no support.

19 Responses to “Cam Brate’s Job Security”

  1. zzbuc Says:

    joe says
    “Just like the team’s stance on a quarterback who threw for 5,100 yards and 33 touchdowns — no support.”
    fortgot to add, 30 interceptions, and how many picks 6?
    We need to be accurate on the analysis Joe….It’s just incomplete…..Again I am not a JW hater no lover……Do I want him out? That depends on who would be the replacement…..If its River, the answer is a hard no….If its Cam newton the answer is an exact hard no….If its Carr the answer is yes…..If its Brady the answer is yes but hard to believe though….

  2. pick6 Says:

    i’d say cam’s chances of being a buc in 2020 are equal to or greater than Winston’s, and Winston’s chances are good. OJ Howard is the more likely departure, he’s proven to be a liability in every phase of the game and he’s a TE working under a coaching staff that already is hesitant to feature that position. They won’t clear out both their starters and they won’t keep OJ (who’s proven to be the Jameis of the TE position) over a more reliable guy who will cost less come the 2021 season

  3. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Pick Howard is on his rookie deal. He also had a huge upside. Brate is a goner!

  4. pick6 Says:

    By “the Jameis of the TE position”, i mean to say OJ’s an exceptional talent who probably leads the league at his position in terms of percentage of very good AND very bad plays when he is involved. If you are going to live with come volatile QB play you probably want to balance it with the most consistent skill position players you can find. Cam is the definition of consistency (with one incredibly painful exception to finish the year)

  5. fernando diaz Says:

    Brate to NE for 3rd pick

  6. Robert Says:

    keep him if we get Brady, trade or cut him if we don’t

  7. ManzielMadness Says:

    Brate could be the first casualty…. Question for you Joe… I agree with you that JPP’s reemergence in the second half helped Shaq’s numbers go up (I also believe the play of Suh helped too). So… if forced to pick between the two, do you go with older more proven pass rusher (JPP) or the younger league leader in sacks (who’s also only done it once)?

    Hopefully this wont matter and we’ll be able to keep all 3 DLineman.

  8. Sarasota Garey Says:

    Arians said the Bucs can and will try to keep the front 7 the same in his nfl interview

  9. Ocala Says:

    Howard stinks. Bucs would be lucky to get a fourth round pick for him.

  10. Cgmaster27 Says:

    Robert showing more of his “genius”. Yeah if we get Brady, lets trade a future hall of famer in mike Evans, who brady would definitely want to play with, and keep a 6 milliom dollar tight end who cant block. Thats some real “critical thinking” , you’re doing there.

  11. Jean Lafitte Says:

    …and 35 turovers …gotta keep perspective here

  12. Buccaneerscotty Says:


  13. Buczilla Says:

    If Jameis didn’t have his head up his butt half the time he’d get a lot more support. Hell, if he had cut his buffoonery by even 25%, the front office would have signed him to a fairly big deal already. When it comes to Jameis (or any player) you have got to weigh their positives against their negatives. Right now Jameis is a below average to average quarterback and that’s what I’ll base my “support” on. One last chance and then even my nearly infinite patience will be exhausted (kids are fantastic for developing patience). 🤭

  14. Scorps1 Says:

    ZZBuc- I believe the number of pick 6’s was 7 which resulted in 49 points. Looked at another way there are 16 games in a season and that is more points than some teams score in two games.

    Not bashing Winston, at the end of the day he may be the best option, but I don’t know how this as well as throwing almost as many ints as TDS gets overlooked by an objective journalist who is crying over no support..

    Cam is awesome but a poor fit for this offense. Howard is cheep and may have upside but didn’t show it at the end of last year. The way he played his trade value is nil.

  15. philip brate Says:

    Think folks are forgetting bout Brate’s 24 touchdowns last 4 years. Wish OC n Ariens could have figured out a way to use him. Talent wasted. I’m sure other teams will be interested in first downs and tds he can provide.

  16. SB Says:

    “Just like the team’s stance on a quarterback who threw for 5,100 yards and 33 touchdowns — no support.”

    LOLOLOLOL this sentence Conveniently leaves out the 35 TURNOVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We know which ‘joe’ is writing this drivel.

  17. SB Says:

    IF you have More Turnovers than Touchdowns then HOW are you an Elite QB?????????????
    How many even Decent QBs, serviceable QBs, Even bad Backups have had more TOs than TDs in a Season????????????

  18. Scott Says:

    Fernando Diaz, you’re on crack.

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    They’re going to run more TE receiving routes. The returning Jameis and Brate are very good friends on the field, especially in the red zone.