Tampa, FL – After the retirement of Rob Gronkowski tis summer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a huge hole to fill at the Tight End position in their offense. Gronk was a key piece of Brady’s Super Bowl runs for years, even the last two campaigns down here in the Bay area.
ESPN is reporting that the Bucs had found their replacement in two-time Pro Bowler TE Kyle Rudolph from the New York Giants. According to reports, Rudolph has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Tampa Bay, which means Tom Brady now has another offensive weapon. Rudolph will add some major NFL experience to a tight room that was sorely lacking.
Before the signing, the Buccaneers only had ONE tight end on the roster (Cameron Brate) who had more than one career catch. The others on the roster are rookies, (Cade Otton and Ko Kieft) and Codey McElroy, who has one career catch that came back in 2019.
After Grok’s announcement that he was resigning in June, reports continue to trickle out from both his agent (Drew Rosenhaus) and his girlfriend (Camille Kostek) have both said they could see Gronk returning to football this year.
Gronk continues to insist that he is done, stating “I won’t go back to football,” Gronk said. “I’m all set.” on Good Morning, America this week.
As the Bucs got closer and closer to the summer camps, they took a look at the 11-year veteran Rudolph, who spent His first 10 seasons came with the Vikings and during that time, he was voted to two Pro Bowls. In 2016, he led the team in touchdown catches (seven) and finished second in receptions (83).
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