Greg Auman of The Athletic is reporting that the Bucs will soon re-sign exclusive rights free agent Tanner Hudson.

Hudson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Arkansas in 2018 before eventually finding action in nine games and getting his first career touchdown in 2019. Hudson turned heads in the 2019 preseason, hauling in 19 receptions for 245 yards and three touchdowns on 27 targets.

In 2020 Hudson played special teams in addition to racking up 74 offensive snaps over 11 regular season games with three receptions for 41 yards. In the postseason Hudson had just one target but nearly turned it into a playoff touchdown as the pass went off of his fingers against the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Hudson is now the third tight end under contract for Tampa Bay, joining veteran Cam Brate and the Bucs’ first-round selection in 2017 O.J. Howard. You can reasonably expect the Bucs to re-sign Rob Gronkowski and could potentially bring back reserve tight end Antony Auclair to round off the position, an unrestricted free agent who originally joined Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2017 before signing a one-year extension for 2020 last offseason.

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Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

Very good! Hudson back in the fold is great news. Depth at TE and WR is starting stack up again.

drdneast
4 months ago

Thank god. I was starting to lose some sleep over that one.

bucballer
4 months ago

Hudson has flashed at times. I like him for depth. Maybe this is the year he puts together a full, productive season.

Jonbuc
4 months ago

Doesn’t seem to have more than roster bubble ability…which is still saying a lot. I’ve seen him miss multiple scoring chances over his career. Might make the team if OJ receives an injury settlement.

3rd String Kicker
4 months ago

Underrated player, especially when you consider the injuries we had at the position. With a preseason and an opportunity to shine, he could push for some playing time.

reptaddict
4 months ago

Bucs have too many TE’s. I think either Brate or Howard will be leaving us.