Rob Gronkowski’s replacement? Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph

THere’s a new narrow ending for Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now that Rob Gronkowski has officially retired, the Buccaneers needed help with their tight end situation, and they’ve solved that problem by signing the veteran Kyle Rudolph.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed a one-year contract with the former Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants player, NFL Network’s Tom Pellisero reported Wednesday night.

The signing comes about a month after former Bock player Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement

While there has been speculation about how long Gronk’s retirement will last, Rudolph’s arrival will at least be a bridge until the Hall of Famer changes his mind in the future. It also gives the Bucs a veteran tight end with an impressive resume and is a chance for Rudolph to revitalize his career.

Kyle Rudolph appeared with the Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph, 32, was a Pro Bowl player twice during his 10-season stint with the Vikings from 2011-2020. He played the 2021 campaign for the Giants, but was released in the off-season in a move to save against the salary cap.

A decade later in Minnesota, Rudolph collected 453 receptions for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns. In his only season with Big Blue, Rudolph played in 16 games with 13 starts, but was only able to contribute 26 receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown.

Now, the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Rudolph will have the opportunity to connect with legendary quarterback Tom Brady, who made the most of his 6-foot-2, 265-pound Gronk for 11 seasons.

The Bucs’ tight end room now includes Rudolph, Cameron Pratt, Cody McIlroy and a slew of starters, including fourth-round pick Kid Otton.

The Tampa Bay veterans will report to training camp on July 26, which means Rudolph has signed up in time to join the team.