The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have locked up tight end Cameron Brate on a six-year deal worth $41 million, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN, who notes $18 million is guaranteed.
Brate has been a very effective red-zone target for Jameis Winson since being joining Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard back in 2014. He’s come on especially strong the past two seasons, catching 105 passes for 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns from 2016-17.
This is a very intriguing signing considering Tampa Bay spent a first-round pick on tight end O.J. Howard just one season ago. It likely signals that the Bucs will be running with a two-tight-end set often, much like we saw with the New England Patriots when they had both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez a few years back.
Brate is definitely an up-and-coming player for this team. Based on the money he’s landed in this new deal, fantasy owners should take note he’ll be heavily targeted in the years to come.