The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have options at tight end after Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, but the group as a whole could use another veteran alongside Cameron Brate.
Per ESPN‘s Jeremy Fowler, that’s the exact route the Buccaneers are interested in taking. Fowler recently reported the Buccaneers have interest in former Minnesota Viking and New York Giant Kyle Rudolph.
Free agent tight end Kyle Rudolph has interest from multiple teams ahead of training camp. The #Bucs have been involved, I'm told, and a reunion with the #Vikings is not off the table. This situation should crystallize some time before camps open.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 14, 2022
The addition of Rudolph would really help stabilize the Buccaneers tight end room. Cade Otton and Ko Kieft both have plenty of potential to have an impact in this year and beyond, but no one knows that for sure. Both rookies will have to show during camp that they can handle a big workload in 2022.
Rudoph has caught 479 receptions for 4,745 receiving yards and 49 touchdowns over the course of his nine-year career. He has only two receiving touchdowns while playing in 28 games over the last two years, however.
Rudolph may not be able to stretch the field vertically, but he’s a willing/able run blocker and he could really come in handy in the red zone.
It’s hard to imagine teams getting into a big bidding war over Rudolph, but money will certainly play a factor. As it stands, the Buccaneers have a little more than $12.4 million in cap room. The Vikings are just shy of $11 million.
Rudolph’s last deal was a two-year, $12 million agreement with the Giants.
Overall, Rudolph would represent a solid depth signing that could provide solid value, at the end of the day.
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