Brate entered the 2018 free agency period as a restricted free agent. The Bucs could have placed a tender on Brate, but were able to agree on a long-term deal instead. The fourth-year undrafted tight end out of Harvard has 14 touchdowns the past two seasons and is one of quarterback Jameis Winston’s favorite targets.
This move allows Tampa Bay to continue have two very talented tight ends on the field at the same time. Last year’s rookie O.J. Howard shined often throughout the season and will continue to be a focal point in the offense. He and Brate will again give headaches for linebackers in coverage for the foreseeable future.
Keeping it on the offensive side of the ball, the team placed a second-round tender on wide receiver Adam Humphries. It is reported valued at $2.914-million, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Humphries has been a serviceable member of the offense since being brought on as an undrafted free agent in 2015. The Clemson product hauled in 61 receptions for 631 yards and a touchdown in 2017.
The Bucs will now have the right of first refusal on any offer Humphries may agree to sign from another team. If they do no match that offer, they would get a second-round draft pick in return.