The Buccaneers offense isn’t going to be the same without Rob Gronkowski as one of the best pass-catchers, but Kyle Rudolph does help.
Good teams never stop getting better. The Buccaneers may already have one of the best offenses in the NFL as it stands, but being complacent on their talent is a waste.
If the team wants to make the most of Tom Brady’s final season and compete for a Super Bowl under a first-year head coach, quality signings will need to come through the offseason and potentially through camp.
That looks like it is happening with the recent news from Adam Schefter that veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph is coming to Tampa.
Rudolph may not be the most exciting option, but he does still look like the best combination of what the Bucs are looking for compared to what was on the market and the cap space that they had.
The Bucs don’t have all that much money to spend on anyone at this point, and while the particulars of the deal haven’t come out yet, we can all rest assured that this is almost assuredly another very team-friendly signing for a team that is always looking for additional talent to make one of the best offenses in the NFL even better.
While Rudolph won’t be a perfect replacement for Gronk, he is in a great position to be a better tool for this offense than Cameron Brate. Rudolph can play out wide or from the line of scrimmage, much like Gronkowski, and that is going to be a very under-rated selling point for Rudolph’s chances to compete on this roster.
This is likely the last tight end signing of the offseason for the Bucs with three obvious options to go into the season with, but the Buccaneers should keep their eyes on the market for other pass catchers if they want to stay one of the hottest teams in the NFL.
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