With Rob Gronkowski officially retired, the Buccaneers were in desperate need of tight end help, and they got it Wednesday night with the signing of Kyle Rudolph.
According to ESPN, the two-time Pro Bowler has accepted to a one-year contract with Tampa Bay, giving Tom Brady another offensive weapon.
Rudolph will bring significant NFL experience to a tight room that was severely lacking.
Prior to his acquisition, the Buccaneers only had ONE tight end on the roster with more than one career reception (Cameron Brate).
Aside from Brate, the Buccaneers tight end corps includes two rookies (Cade Otton and Ko Kieft) and Codey McElroy, who has one career catch from 2019.
When Gronk announced his retirement in June, Tampa Bay's tight end position took a significant hit.
However, the Buccaneers did not immediately sign someone to replace him, which might have been because they were unsure if he would stay retired.
Both his agent (Drew Rosenhaus) and his fiancée (Camille Kostek) have suggested in the last five weeks that Gronk might return to football this year.
Gronk has been adamant about staying retired for the last month, and he reiterated that position during a Wednesday interview on "Good Morning America."
The Buccaneers began showing interest in Rudolph as recently as last week, with Gronk sounding like he's done. Finally, Tampa Bay signed Rudolph to a contract.