Buccaneers Reportedly Plan to Release TE Cameron Brate

The (expected) cuts continue for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue. Just days after news surfaced that the Buccaneers would part ways with running back Leonard Fournette, another departure has come to light. This afternoon, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Bucs plan to release tight end Cameron Brate.

Brate has been with the Buccaneers since signing as an undrafted free agent with Tampa Bay in 2014.

Brate dealt with a concussion and a neck injury in 2022 and only appeared in 11 regular season games. He had 20 catches for 174 yards and added an eight-yard touchdown catch in Tampa’s playoff loss to the Cowboys.

The veteran tight end has 273 catches for 2,857 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career. He was part of the Bucs’ Super Bowl LV championship run.

The Buccaneers will clear roughly $2 million in cap space if they process the cut immediately when the new league year opens on March 15 and $4 million if Brate is designated a post-June 1 cut.

The Buccaneers will now be without at least Brate, Fournette, and Tom Brady from the 2022 roster. Tampa Bay has reportedly considered opening the 2023 season with Kyle Trask under center. The Buccaneers still have second-year tight ends Cade Otton and Ko Kieft under contract.

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