BREAKING: Bucs Sign Veteran TE

With Rob Gronkowksi formally out of the image, the Bucs are signing veteran tight finish Kyle Rudolph to a one-year deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night time.

All offseason lengthy, it felt probably that Tampa Bay would have an extra veteran presence in its tight finish room exterior of Cameron Brate. That turned out to be true, solely it received’t be the one everybody anticipated it to be.

Gronkowski performed the “will he/received’t he” sport for four-plus months earlier than retiring in June. And regardless of hypothesis that he would ultimately return from retirement a second time, he has twice reaffirmed that he’s carried out with the sport.

So, the Bucs will go in a special path with the addition of Rudolph. The 32-year-old, who will flip 33 in November, spent the primary 10 seasons of his profession in Minnesota. As a Viking, he made two Professional Bowls whereas recording 453 catches for 4,488 yards (9.9 avg.) and 48 touchdowns.

Most just lately, Rudolph spent the 2021 season with the Giants. He posted 26 catches for 257 yards (9.9 avg.) and one landing in his one yr with New York.

Now, he involves Tampa to play with Tom Brady and the Bucs. He joins a decent finish room that options Brate, longtime follow squad member Codey McElroy, fourth-round choose Cade Otton, sixth-round choose Ko Kieft and undrafted free brokers JJ Howland and Ben Beise.

Bucs TE Cam Brate – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

It stands to purpose that Rudolph and Brate would be the high two tight ends to start out 2022. Rudolph matches the “Y” tight finish mildew, which suggests he’ll fill Gronk’s outdated function and supply extra as a blocker. Brate is extra of an “F” tight finish and received’t present as a lot blocking means. As soon as absolutely wholesome and adjusted to the offense, Otton is prone to determine in because the No. 3 tight finish. If the Bucs select to hold 4 guys on the place, Kieft is the probably No. 4. In any other case, the blocking specialist will find yourself on the follow squad. 

The Bucs had reported curiosity in Rudolph final week. Then, Tampa Bay legend and should-be Corridor of Famer Ronde Barber gave an obvious trace concerning the signing Wednesday night time. And certain sufficient, the information broke quickly after that Rudolph was formally going to be a Buc.