In the NFL, the draft is the best way to build a champion. Teams looking for a quick fix could target free agents too, but one underrated way to build a champion is through trades, which have been a lot easier to do in today's modernized NFL.
Falcons Wire identified five potential trade targets for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The No. 1 player on the list was Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate.
The 27-year-old plays for division rival Tampa Bay, so that could make a trade tough to do, but Brate is familiar with Dirk Koetter's offense and played well as the Buccaneers No. 2 tight end behind O.J. Howard.
Brate wouldn't usurp Austin Hooper after his Pro Bowl season, but Brate would be an additional weapon for Matt Ryan, especially in the red zone. Brate has 20 touchdowns in the last three years and has caught at least six touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
In 2018, he recorded 30 receptions for 289 receiving yards and six touchdowns. In 2016, Brate posted career-highs across the board with 57 catches, 660 yards and eight scores.
With much of the Falcons available cap space draft picks likely going towards the offensive and defensive lines, Atlanta would be wise to look into acquiring the Tampa Bay tight end.