In the off-season of 2017, the Buccaneers re-signed one of Winston’s favorite targets, TE Cameron Brate, to a 6-year $40.8 million dollar contract. If you know the chemistry between Winston and Brate then this kind of deal wasn’t all that surprising. Brate added his strengths to one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL last year, with 30 catches for 289 yards (9.6 YPC), 6 TDs, and a long if 21 in the last week against Atlanta.
While the argument has been made that his stats don’t match the price of his contract, his dedication and toughness turn the argument towards his favor.
Jenna Laine of ESPN tweeted:
“A source tells me that Bucs tight end Cam Brate spent the majority of last season playing with a torn labrum (with bone fragments) in his hip.”
This also backs up what former HC Dirk Koetter said about Brate back in December, but wouldn’t go into any real detail on how bad it was saying,
“Cam has been playing hurt all year. He hasn’t been healthy from Day 1. He’s done an unbelievable job of fighting through it. He’s another guy who if you knew the amount of rehab Cam does on a daily basis just to be able to play, it’s pretty remarkable that he’s been able to play at all.”
It’s been reported over the past week that Brate had undergone surgery for his hip. Hopefully, he makes a speedy recovery and remains a powerful asset to the Buccaneers receiving corps.