By Anthony Caruso III | Editor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone out into the market to find their replacement in Rob Gronkowski. The legendary tight end has decided to retire for the second time instead of playing another season.

The Buccaneers signed tight end Kyle Rudolph on Wednesday night. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kyle Rudolph looks on during a game (Photo by Kyle Rudolph/Instagram)

This is Rudolph’s third team in his career. He started his career with the Minnesota Vikings before signing with the New York Giants last offseason.

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After one season with the Giants, the team decided to release him before free agency began in March.

The 32-year-old was a Vikings second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has played in 156 games, including 143 starts during his 11-year career.

Rudolph had 479 receptions for 4,745 yards and 49 touchdowns.

He hasn’t recorded more than 367 yards in the last three seasons. Last season with the Giants, he had 26 receptions for 257 yards and a touchdown.

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With the Buccaneers, Rudolph will compete with Cameron Brate for the team’s starter. Rudolph has started at least 12 games every season since the 2015 season.

The Buccaneers enjoyed using several tight sets during Tom Brady’s tenure with the team. This could help ‘Big Country’ excel with the team in the upcoming 2022 season.

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