By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone out on the market to find their replacement for Rob Gronkowski. The legendary tight end decided to retire for the second time instead of playing another season.
The Buccaneers signed free agent tight end Kyle Rudolph on Wednesday night. Financial terms were not disclosed.
This is Rudolph’s third team in his career. He began his career with the Minnesota Vikings before signing with the New York Giants last off-season.
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Following one season with the Giants, the team decided to release him before the start of free agency in March.
The 32-year-old was a second-round draft pick by the Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 156 games, including 143 starts in his 11-year career.
Rudolph has had 479 receptions for 4,745 yards and 49 touchdowns.
He has not recorded more than 367 yards in the past three seasons. Last season with the Giants, he had 26 receptions for 257 yards and a touchdown.
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With the Buccaneers, Rudolph will compete with Cameron Brate to be the team’s starter. Rudolph has started at least 12 games every season since the 2015 season.
The Buccaneers have liked to use multiple tight end sets during Tom Brady‘s tenure with the team. This could help “Big Country” excel with the team during the upcoming 2022 season.
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