Many expected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to add a veteran tight end to the roster before training camp started and sure enough, they did just that.

Per ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the Buccaneers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with 12-year veteran Kyle Rudolph on Wednesday. Rudolph is a former second-round pick who spent most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings before joining the New York Giants last year.

Rudolph has had a solid career, catching 479 passes for 4,795 yards and 49 touchdowns since 2011. Last year saw him finish with his lowest receiving totals since 2014, but that was largely in part to having to play on the New York Giants dysfunctional offense.

The former Notre Dame Irishman will likely come in and compete with Cameron Brate for the Buccaneers’ TE1 spot. Tampa Bay also has two rookie tight ends in fourth- and sixth-round picks Cade Otton and Ko Kieft, but, both are obviously inexperienced and the former hasn’t been able to practice in an official capacity, yet.

Brate obviously has a head start considering the fact he now has three years of experience in Byron Leftwich’s offense, but Rudolph’s abilities and veteran presence should make the camp battle interesting. At the worst, Rudolph can be a red zone weapon until he familiarizes himself with the offense.

The addition of Rudolph also means Rob Gronkowski is really done with football

Even though Gronkowski has been adamant about his retirement, there have been plenty of people who think he’ll return at some point during the season. On the other hand, many people suspect he’s really done (including yours truly), and the addition of Rudolph confirms that suspicion.

Unfortunately, Gronk is done with football. But, at least the Buccaneers -and their fans- got to enjoy two very good seasons with the future Hall of Famer in pewter and red.

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