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Kyle Rudolph to sign one-year deal with Buccaneers

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Nov 1, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; New York Giants tight end Kyle Rudolph (80) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Rudolph, 32, spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler. In 2016, he caught 83 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.

After signing a two-year contract with the New York Giants in March 2021, he was released a year later after appearing in 16 games (13 starts) and hauling in 26 receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown.

In 156 career games (145 starts) Rudolph has racked up 4,745 yards and 479 receptions. He has found the end zone 49 times.

The signing comes after tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement in late June. Cameron Brate, who has spent his entire career in Tampa Bay (eight seasons), is slated to be the Buccaneers’ starter.

–Field Level Media