3 Buccaneers Players Who Could Be Traded or Cut if the Salary Cap Drops in 2021

Cameron Brate
The log jam at tight end could be trouble for Cameron Brate in 2021. | John McCoy/Getty Images

Word around the league is there could be a salary cap reduction in 2021 because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Teams are already thinking ahead and bracing for the loss, so what changes might the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make if this reduction does occur?

Here are three players that could be gone if this reduction occurs.

3. Bradley Pinion, P

Bradley Pinion
Bradley Pinion is not currently living up to his cap hit. | James Gilbert/Getty Images

As far as punters go, Bradley Pinion making $2.8 million in 2021 is no insignificant amount. Especially when you consider that Pinion's gross average per punt ranked 31st in the league last year and his number of punts that were pinned inside the 20-yard line were tied for 23rd. These numbers should be easy enough to replicate, or preferably beat out, by a newcomer.

2. William Gholston, DE

William Gholston
Gholston's production does not fit his salary. | Will Vragovic/Getty Images

William Gholston has been with the Bucs since 2013, which actually makes him one of the franchise's longest tenured players. More of a rotational defensive end/edge throughout his career than a starter, Gholston has never had more than three 3.0 in a season. His best year was in 2015, when he had 67 total tackles plus 3.0 sacks. By comparison, he's had a total of 2.0 sacks in the last three years, and an average of 28 total tackles per season. Set to make $5.5 million in 2021, Gholston is well overpaid.

1. Cameron Brate, TE

Cameron Brate
Brate can still play, but Gronk may have forced him out of Tampa. | Bryan Woolston/Getty Images

To be honest, it's surprising this has not happened already after Tampa decided to keep O.J. Howard rather than trade him. Tom Brady loves tight ends, but having three high-paid ones doesn't necessarily make sense. Cameron Brate may be more of a Rob Gronkowski safeguard for now, in case the comeback superstar is a bit rusty (or gets hurt). If Gronk does perform and possibly even extends his deal for 2021, there is no way the Bucs can keep Brate. He would make 6.5 million that year, which is actually slightly more than Howard.

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