The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year contract option on tight end O.J. Howard, the team announced today.
After trading for Rob Gronkowski, the thought was Howard could be on the move, but at this point, it appears that Tampa will go into the season with three excellent tight ends in Howard, Gronkowski, and Cameron Brate.
Howard (6-6, 251) was the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his first three seasons, he has started 36-of-38 games played, recording 94 receptions for 1,456 yards (15.5 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. His 15.5 yards per reception (min. 30 catches) mark leads all tight ends since he entered the league in 2017.