PFF Lists Most Likely Bucs Cap Casualty Before Free Agency

The Bucs have many gamers they want to re-sign on this 12 months’s free company. Atop the group are gamers akin to Chris Godwin, Ryan Jensen and Carlton Davis. It’s unlikely Tampa Bay can retain everybody like final offseason, however so as to maintain a majority – and even half –  it could come on the expense of others.

Annually earlier than free company hits, you’ll see just a few groups launch notable gamers with a purpose to create extra wage cap room. These strikes are generally known as “cap casualties.”

Cap guru Brad Spielberger from got here up with a listing of 1 participant per group that would get the axe. For the Bucs, he selected tight finish Cam Brate as a possible candidate. Right here was his rationalization:

Bucs TE Cam Brate – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Brate agreed to a $3 million pay minimize to stay round in Tampa for the 2021 season and chase one other Lombardi Trophy,” Spielberger mentioned. “However his 57.5 receiving grade was the second-lowest of his profession. With Tom Brady stepping away, it’s laborious to ascertain the Buccaneers conserving Brate and his $6.55 million 2022 wage. Particularly with necessary contributors in huge receiver Chris Godwin and cornerback Carlton Davis set to hit free company. Tampa Bay might go from a trio of Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Brate to an entire new unit in 2022. However Bruce Arians’ offense has traditionally not relied on a high tight finish.”

Understanding the project that at the very least one man must be picked, Brate is smart. As Spielberger lists within the article, the Bucs would solely lose $1.9 million in lifeless cap cash, however save one other $5.3 million. There’s no query that Brate gained’t play for the Bucs at that cap quantity this season.

In the meantime, reducing participant on their rookie contracts doesn’t do a lot to economize. And the Bucs different veterans are both too invaluable or would price manner an excessive amount of in lifeless cap cash to launch. Brate continues to be an necessary participant on the Bucs, however not that necessary. Brate completed the season with 30 catches for 245 yards and 4 touchdowns within the common season, together with 4 catches for 38 yards within the playoffs.

On the flip facet, I wouldn’t be too frightened about Brate going anyplace, Bucs followers. He’s been keen to restructure his contract over the past two seasons, and can seemingly accomplish that once more. It might even be a dangerous transfer to do away with Brate, with Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard additionally free brokers. Shedding him would imply you’re going into subsequent season with Codey McElroy and a solid of recent tight ends. Brate has proven he nonetheless has a job on this group, notably within the crimson zone.

If Tampa Bay desires to go a unique path to create cap area, they might examine particular groups. Whereas it wouldn’t save as a lot as Brate, letting punter Bradley Pinion go opens up $2.9 million with no lifeless cap cash if it’s earlier than June 1st. I’m not saying this is happening or the Bucs ought to do that. I’m simply giving out another choice.

The authorized tampering window at no cost agent negotiations begins on March 14. If any of those strikes occur, it’ll seemingly happen within the subsequent 2-3 weeks. You’ll be able to learn the total story on PFF right here.


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