When Kyle Rudolph was released by the New York Giants in March, he made it clear he wanted to keep playing.
No one has signed the veteran tight end yet, but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler named at least two teams that are showing interest: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings.
“This situation should crystallize some time before camps open,” Fowler said.
Free agent tight end Kyle Rudolph has interest from multiple teams ahead of training camp. The #Bucs have been involved, I'm told, and a reunion with the #Vikings is not off the table. This situation should crystallize some time before camps open.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 14, 2022
The Bucs lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement and O.J. Howard to free agency, so perhaps Tom Brady wouldn’t mind an experienced pro like Rudolph to work alongside projected starter Cameron Brate and tutor rookie draft picks Cade Otton and Ko Kieft.
Minnesota, meanwhile, is where the 32-year-old Rudolph spent the first 10 years of his NFL career, earning two Pro Bowl selections. He played in 140 regular season games with the Vikings, catching 453 passes for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Rudolph played in 16 games for the Giants last season but was limited by his recovery from offseason foot surgery. He finished the year with 26 receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown.