Kyle Rudolph signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to insider Adam Schefter. As of this article, there are no details on the contract. The most recent contract that Rudolph signed was with the New York Giants and was worth $12 million over two years. The Giants released the tight end in March.
The Buccaneers are going into the 2022 season with four tight ends on their roster currently. The group consists of eight year Buccaneer veteran Cameron Brate, 2022 fourth round rookie tight end Cade Otton out of Washington, 2022 sixth round pick Ko Kieft from Minnesota, and the recently signed Rudolph. Aside from Cameron Brate, the Buccaneers are lacking experience. Kyle Rudolph is going into his 12th year, having spent his first 10 seasons in Minnesota. He spent 2021 on the Giants. He was a captain on the Vikings roster, as well.
With no timetable for wideout Chris Godwin’s return, Rudolph may receive extra attention from future HOFer Tom Brady. The former Viking has only exceeded 650 yards once in his career, so he isn’t considered super productive. However, he has some of the best hands at his position with a 68% catch rate over his career and an amazing 74.4% over the last five years. It’s safe to assume Big Country might have one of his best years in 2022.