The Tampa Bay Bucs sign TE Kyle Rudolph, who's looking for a renaissance year

The good news is that the guy seems to take care of his body, only missing 4 games since 2015.

click to enlarge Kyle Rudoplh - Photo via Minnesota Vikings
Photo via Minnesota Vikings
Kyle Rudoplh
The Bucs decided that Cameron Brate needed some competition for that starting tight end position, so they went out and signed former Viking Kyle Rudolph.

The veteran tight end is a big body red zone target, coming in at 6’6 and hauling in 49 TDs through his decade-long career.

Rudolph made a pair of Pro Bowl teams during his tenure in Minnesota, and while last year’s production certainly did not come anywhere close to what the former Notre Dame man has shown in his earlier years, his best days are probably behind him.

He’s 32 years old and will be 33 in November, and the last time he eclipsed 400 receiving yards was 2018. The good news is that the guy seems to take care of his body, only missing four games since 2015.
Follow @ctbrantley12 on Twitter and listen to him on the RBLR Bucs podcast
For comparison, Gronk missed 5 games last season alone.

While the drop off in production will certainly be noticeable, and the tremendous blocking services Gronk provided be sorely missed, Rudolph is not a poor replacement. Plus, he had to play with quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater, and most recently Daniel Jones.

Tom Brady will be a bit of a step up.

Hopefully it leads to a renaissance year for Rudolph, and we’ll be talking about this signing as one of the more underrated moves of the offseason for the Bucs as they win another Super Bowl.

We’ll see.
Scroll to read more Sports & Recreation articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]