The Departure Of Cam Brate

March 4th, 2023

Cam Brate.

It was no surprise, but it still saddened Joe.

Thursday, the Bucs waved goodbye to veteran tight end Cam Brate who was clearly on the downside of a very nice nine-year career.

Brate will finish his Bucs days with 33 touchdown catches. That’s one shy of tying Jimmie Giles (who is in the Ring of Honor) for most touchdown catches by a Bucs tight end. Only Mike Evans (81) and Giles (34) have more Bucs touchdown catches than Brate in franchise history.

And that’s why Joe is taking pause to reflect again on the move.

Brate was an undrafted free agent who blossomed under Mr. Entertainment, Jameis Winston, into one of the best touchdown machines. In 2016, Brate led the NFL in touchdown catches from a tight end with eight as the Bucs missed a playoff berth on a tiebreaker.

Along the way as he remained with the Bucs, Brate got a Super Bowl ring.

The last two years you could tell Brate was slipping and the injuries were piling up. Last season Brate suffered a scary neck injury in Pittsburgh where he had to get wheeled off the field on a support board.

Joe spoke at length with Brate after the loss to the Cowboys in the playoffs and Brate seemed to know the end was close. He admitted retirement was a real option.

A native of the Chicago suburbs, Brate embraced Tampa as his home. His wife has a flourishing real estate business here and Joe knows Brate doesn’t want to move.

After scary injuries, Brate doesn’t need to get beat to hell any longer. He has an economics degree from Harvard. He will be fine.

Joe will still miss him.

38 Responses to “The Departure Of Cam Brate”

  1. SOEbuc Says:

    Like Mike Evans and Lavonte David, big time entertainer for Bucs fans in deep dark times. Much love Cam.

  2. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    Cam helped make the Bucs Brate again!
    1st as an island of class in the Winston teams
    and then as part of Bradys SB run.
    I was not aware that e ranked 2nd to Giles.

    All we have to look forward to now is uncertainty
    and based on history probably a bad season since
    Bowels as HC seems to have only bad seasons.

    It would be an awesome surprise of the Bucs were
    good next year but smart money is against it.

    Cue Rob Schneider as Townie from The Waterboy…

  3. SB Says:

    Wife with a flourishing Real Estate business and a Harvard degree.
    Doubt he will ever suffer how to pay the bills.
    Thank you Cam for one of my favorite feel good stories since Ive been watching football

    God Bless!

  4. Bojim Says:

    Will miss him too. Retirement is a good gig. He doesn’t need this anymore. Thanks Cam!!

  5. Stu Padaso Says:



  6. Since76 Says:

    He did very well for himself. Have a great retirement you earned it.

  7. sasquatch Says:

    He might be a good front office guy. Bring him in.

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    Love that boy. Definitely, call it a day, Cam. You caught the most important pass – Brady’s Lombardi trophy launch!

  9. Bobby M. Says:

    Great career….great Buc….hope he stays involved with Bucs in some capacity.

  10. Vanessa Anne Says:

    Sad news.

    I think we all understand the Bucs need to make some painful decisions this offseason. This is one of them.

    Cam was one of those guys who flew under the radar. Didn’t get the publicity or playing time that some of the other guys on the team did, but if you look at the stats, he did a darn good job of consistently coming through when his number was called.

    And he was always a class act when you saw or listened to him in an interview.

    Best of luck to you, Cam!

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Is there a reason he was cut and not retired?

    Or does he want to play another season elsewhere?

    Understated, quiet, but impactful career, Brate had.

    Guys like him are a rarity in the NFL. Best wishes…

  12. Fansince76 Says:

    Agreed, he was a great Buc!

  13. Doc Says:

    Good luck C.B. a great Buc.

  14. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Thanks Cam for the memories.

  15. Bucs Guy Says:

    Cobraboy, Brate was still under contract. Bucs cut him for salary cap savings.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If you’re going to do essentially a rerun article…Brate is certainly worthy…..

  17. John Herb Says:

    Cam was truly a beacon of light during the latest “Dark Ages ” in Buc’s history. One of our favorite players, a true class act and possessor the second greatest facial hair in team history! (See Ryan “The Beard” Fitzpatrick ” My family will always cheer “Brate is Great!”

  18. BucsfanFred Says:

    Cam brought us many, many grand memories. He will always be a buccaneer great.

  19. Hodad Says:

    My guess is he saves that Harvard brain of his, and retires.

  20. PSL Bob Says:

    I’ve always loved the tight end position and other than perhaps Giles and Gronk (for a very brief period) no one played it better. Wishing you the best life has to offer in your non-football years Cam.

  21. FrontFour Says:

    One of my favorite Bucs since he got here. Always got knocked and overlooked after we drafted worthless OJ Howard but consistently out produced him.

    Congrats on a great career, Cam and thanks.

  22. BucBoy Says:

    Need to draft more players like him. Smart.

  23. Neckbone Says:

    Thanks for job well done, Mr. Brate. I enjoyed cheering for you.

  24. Dooley Says:

    Cultured by Luke Stocker, outlasted Austin Sefarian-Jenkins AND OJ Howard whilst being a contributor in the worst and best of times as a Buc.

  25. Jeff Says:

    Why would we ever feel sad for multi Millionaires losing their job. I know I never will. Like feeling bad for a CEO that’s fired by the board of directors. I’m just so sorry you made tens of millions. You poor thing. F-off!

  26. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Your life must suck Jeff.

  27. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Hell of a player. Thank you so much cam. You will be missed. So glad he got a ring

  28. 1gr8bucfan Says:

    Loved watching Brate play. A class act all the way around. Thanks for the memories and for the best catch of the Brady era. Enjoy retirement!!

  29. Austin Says:

    I never worried about the tight end position as long as I knew he was playing, he’d get catches and block

  30. D-Rome Says:

    Can you imagine what Brate’s numbers would have looked like if he had a good QB throwing to him early in his career?

  31. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    Cam made the biggest catch in BUCS history AND in Tom Brady’s history when he caught that Super Bowl Trophy.

    Thank you SO MUCH Cam, for all the years. CHEERS.

  32. Craig Says:

    He will probably find a new life in the coaching ranks.

    He was always one of my favorite players and I’m sorry to see him go, but it might be for the best, his body is getting fragile.

  33. Coburn Says:

    Glad he managed to get a ring here. Definitely a high character guy and the type of role players you need and new england was famous for. He’s what you call a ‘glue guy’. Darn injuries caught up. Wish him and his family the best

  34. SKBucsFan Says:

    Not surprised but we will miss him. He didn’t complain or show any frustration when Licht picked a TE in the first round after Brate came off a career year with TD catches. He was a total team player.

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    I’ll always remember Brate dropping the perfectly placed ball Winston threw to him near the end of the game vs the Texans in 2019 on 4th down. He was wide open, the offense had finally heated up, they were moving the ball, it as easy of a catch as there is in the NFL, and this smuck dropped it and basically lost the game.

    He reminds me of Humphries… another ‘fan favorite’ who never did much to help you win. Humphries career defining play will always be at Buffalo, late in the game, the offense has heated up, the Bucs are on a roll, put up a bunch of points, they got basically one final drive, deep in Bucs territory, Humphries gets the ball and promptly fumbles, which ends the game.

  36. captivajim Says:

    Good Guy -deserves healthy retirement .. His last TD catch was the last TD pass thrown by Tom Brdy ……

  37. Mixxx31 Says:

    Cade Otton it’s your turn buddy! Be great.

  38. Paul Murphy Says:

    You were a beacon of hope when the Winston led offense struggled to find its way and we’ll never forget you for that. More importantly the city of Tampa is a better place if you and your wife remain here and raise a family in this great city. Thanks for the memories Cam!