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Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Rudolph, Jones to bolster receiving corps

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Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper renders honors during the National Anthem, at the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Salute to Service game, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 24, 2019. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando).. CC2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

TAMPA- The sudden retirement of tight end and sure-to-be Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski was a major blow to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiving corps.

It wasn’t going to be too long, however, for the front office to answer the call to reload. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up not just making one, but two major splash moves that should continue to keep them in the middle of Super Bowl discussions.

Tampa Bay signed former New York Giant/Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph and also added former Atlanta Falcons/Tennessee Titan Julio Jones. The pair of additions to the Buccaneers’ already stacked receiving group makes for an interesting training camp and preseason.

The Buccaneers have already made some moves when it comes receiver, with the team signing former Atlanta Falcons’ wideout Russell Gage. Three major additions for Tampa Bay. Gronkowski has made up his mind on retirement which saves the Buccaneers some cap space going into the 2022 season.

On the flip side of things for Tampa Bay, some tough decisions will have to be made in regards to who the team will end up keeping and letting go. Tampa Bay will obviously keep guys like Gage, Rudolph, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin.

Amongst those players that are going to have to really step up this preseason is wide receivers Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, Cyril Grayson, and Jaelen Darden. All four of the receivers bring a different dynamic to the table. With Godwin now cleared to practice on the team and Evans now medically cleared to get back on the field, it should become a big season.

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