Cam Brate Admits He May Have Played His Last Game With The Bucs

January 17th, 2023

The end?

At least if Monday was Cam Brate’s final game with the Bucs, his last catch was a touchdown.

Joe spoke with the veteran tight end after the game. This year wasn’t the most memorable for Brate, except for something he would like to forget when he was carted off the turf at (nee) Heinz Field with a neck injury.

With the Bucs desperately trying to get back in a playoff game last night, one dominated by Dallas, the Bucs pulled within two scores when Tom Brady threw short left to Brate for an eight-yard touchdown.

The TD catch by Brate tied him with Jimmie Giles for the second-most touchdowns in team history with 34. Mike Evans holds the franchise record with 83.

If Monday was Brate’s final game, he finished six yards shy of foot-rubbing Rob Gronkowski’s Bucs playoff receiving yards total of 226.

“Yeah, I thought about it before the game,” Brate said when asked if this may be his final game with the Bucs. Brate is a free agent this spring. He will be 32 this summer, an old man by NFL standards.

Brate also said this possibly being his final game in Tampa also crossed his mind when he walked off the field of The Licht House.

Brate confessed he doesn’t know what lies ahead in his future. He hasn’t ruled out playing for the Bucs again but said he has not had contract discussions. Brate also said his health scares this year and injuries will make him ponder if he wants to continue playing.

Brate’s wife also has a thriving business in South Tampa so the lure of playing outside of Tampa may not be as seductive as it may have been in past seasons.

Either way, for a guy who was an undrafted free agent, Brate sure had a helluva career. If he chooses to hang it up this offseason.

12 Responses to “Cam Brate Admits He May Have Played His Last Game With The Bucs”

  1. Coburn Says:

    Yeah good chance we move on and probably should..and might be good for him to call it. I’ll miss seeing him out there. Always liked him

  2. Colin in Canada Says:

    Brate is in the situation where he’s 3rd on the depth chart but doesn’t really play special teams. So it’s a tough spot. He had a great career though and I hope he retires a Buc.

  3. Bill_T Says:

    He should be proud and go gracefully with his head held high. Thank you Cameron for your excellent play.

  4. Rollis Says:

    Stat wise… the greatest TE ever on the Buccaneers! Good run.

  5. Max Says:

    Front office or coaching in his future? Or maybe he just takes it easy and enjoys life like Marpet.

  6. Joe Says:

    Front office or coaching in his future?

    Could possibly see front office, for the Bucs. But with a Harvard business degree, he can do a lot more than slum it in an NFL office.

    Really don’t think he wants to move. His wife (who Joe knows) started a business venture maybe two years ago and it is thriving. Don’t think she wants to give that up.

  7. Bucs Guy Says:

    He was a good TE for the Bucs, but his time is up unless he wants to play for the minimum in Tampa. Don’t see it happening.

  8. Hodad Says:

    I’m sure he didn’t spend his money on gold chains, and luxury idems. Harvard business, I;m sure he’s set for the rest of his family’s lives. Good for him.

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I will be glad to see him leave! I was never in favor of Licht giving him such a big contract!
    I wish him well, and think he may seriously consider being a model for a Dentistry Type Service.
    Brate has some serious Teeth!

  10. FrankFooter Says:

    With that mustasche, Brate is finally going to live his dream of being s 70s male porn star.

  11. unbelievable Says:

    Maybe they sign him to a near vet minimum or something to provide depth, but being too old for special teams might even eliminate that

  12. BucsfanFred Says:

    Good luck Mr. Brate.