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Bucs also tender TE Cameron Brate for 2017

  • It’s largely a formality, but the Bucs have tendered a fifth exclusive-rights free agent for 2017 in tight end Cameron Brate, whose breakout season last fall could line him up for a lucrative extension later this summer.
  • Brate, 25, tied a Bucs record for tight ends with eight touchdown receptions, also tying for the NFL lead among tight ends.
  • Brate has played parts of three seasons with the Bucs, but because he was only on the roster for five games in 2014 — one less than what is needed for an accrued season — he’s classified as an ERFA, instead of a restricted free agent as he’d be with three accrued seasons.
  • Brate joins four other ERFAs who were reported with tenders Monday night, in WR Adam Humphries, DB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton and WR Freddie Martino.
  • Brate, an undrafted player who holds a degree from Harvard, would be in line for a significant raise in 2018, when he would command a first- or second-round tender as a restricted free agent and could be signed to an offer sheet by other NFL teams.

It’s largely a formality, but the Bucs have tendered a fifth exclusive-rights free agent for 2017 in tight end Cameron Brate, whose breakout season last fall could line him up for a lucrative extension later this summer.

@gregauman: Bucs have tendered exclusive-rights free agent TE Cameron Brate for 2017. His 8 TDs tied for NFL lead among TEs.

It’s largely a formality, but the Bucs have tendered a fifth exclusive-rights free agent for 2017 in tight end Cameron Brate, whose breakout season last fall could line him up for a lucrative extension later this summer.

Brate, 25, tied a Bucs record for tight ends with eight touchdown receptions, also tying for the NFL lead among tight ends. He finished with 57 catches for 660 yards, both second on the team behind Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans. Brate has played parts of three seasons with the Bucs, but because he was only on the roster for five games in 2014 — one less than what is needed for an accrued season — he’s classified as an ERFA, instead of a restricted free agent as he’d be with three accrued seasons.

Brate joins four other ERFAs who were reported with tenders Monday night, in WR Adam Humphries, DB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton and WR Freddie Martino. The only other ERFA for the Bucs is DE Howard Jones, who is recovering from ACL surgery last fall.

Brate, an undrafted player who holds a degree from Harvard, would be in line for a significant raise in 2018, when he would command a first- or second-round tender as a restricted free agent and could be signed to an offer sheet by other NFL teams. Knowing that, the Bucs could offer him a long-term extension, giving him guaranteed money now and keeping him from hitting open free agency until later in his career.

Bucs also tender TE Cameron Brate for 2017

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