Kyle Rudolph, a former tight end for the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Buccaneers, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday night.
The agreement was reached about a month after former Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski declared his retirement. Rudolph’s entry will at least serve as a stopgap until Gronk changes his mind, but there has been much debate about how long his retirement will last. Additionally, signing offers the Bucs a seasoned tight end with a strong résumé and gives Rudolph a chance to resurrect his career.
Rudolph, 32, played for the Vikings for ten seasons from 2011 to 2020, making the Pro Bowl twice. He spent the 2021 season with the Giants before being dismissed this summer in an effort to save money on the cap. Rudolph had 453 catches for 48 touchdowns and 4,488 yards over his ten years with Minnesota.