As the 2023 NFL season approaches, one of the stars who has yet to find a new home has been linked with a potential Super Bowl contender.
Cameron Brate, 32, a former longtime tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was released by the Bucs earlier this year.
Now he’s been linked with a move to last season’s Super Bowl runners-up, the Philadelphia Eagles.
That came through Eagle’s Wirewho suggested Philly hire the veteran because of his “valuable starting experience.”
Brate’s time as a starter fell during his nine-year stint in Florida with the Bucs.
Originally from Naperville, Illinois, the Brate played for Harvard for three years and made 28 appearances for the Crimson.
After 1,381 receiving yards and eighteen touchdowns, Brate went undrafted in 2014 and signed as a free agent with the Buccaneers.
He spent his rookie season rotating between the practice team and the active roster, a role he returned to in 2015, along with a brief stint on the New Orleans Saints practice team.
2016 was a breakthrough year for Brate, who started in ten of his fifteen appearances and had 660 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, all career highs.
He played in every game over the next five seasons, including the Super Bowl LV win over the Kansas City Chiefs, led by legendary quarterback Tom Brady.
During the Super Bowl festivities that followed, Brate had a viral moment.
At a party on the Hillsborough River, Brady tossed the Vince Lombardi Trophy from his boat into Brate’s waiting hands on another boat.
In 2022, Brate played 11 games and even caught Brady’s final touchdown pass before retiring in February.
After the Buccaneers turned Brady on, Brate was fired alongside running back Leonard Fournette while guard Shaq Mason was traded to the Houston Texans.