NFL 2022: Predicting one cap casualty for every team this offseason

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NFL 2022 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate (84) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Potential Cap Casualty: Cameron Brate

A name that has seemingly been on the chopping block for the last few seasons, Cameron Brate has found a way to stay despite a larger cap hit and not being a starting tight end. Despite being a fine role player and a decent all-around tight end, Brate is always playing second fiddle. O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski.

Now, with the Buccaneers cap-strapped, Brate may finally see his time end. Again, he is a fine role player, but he has a $7.3-million cap hit. It is impossible to justify that when the Buccaneers are barely cap compliant. They can save $5.4 million by releasing him which would go a long way in getting Tampa Bay more cap space.

While Brate is a steady player, he isn’t worth the cap space he is currently taking up. The Buccaneers can look elsewhere at tight end or far cheaper. He is getting up there in age on top of all of this. There isn’t a great reason for Tampa Bay to keep Brate through this offseason. He should easily become a cap casualty in 2022.