With the Vikings selecting tight end Irv Smith Jr in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, conversations have already kicked off surrounding the future of Kyle Rudolph and the Minnesota Vikings.
Rudy is entering the final year of his contract, he has no dead money and the team is looking to cut about $5 million in cap space. All of those things are pointing towards the possibility that the Vikings might try to move him via trade this weekend or in the weeks to come. The logic is there, but you need a partner to get a trade done.
So who could it be?
Below are FOUR teams that could use a tight end and might have some of the assets to acquire Kyle...
New England Patriots
This is the most obvious landing spot. With Rob Gronkowski retiring after this past season, the Patriots need someone. Tom Brady has always leaned heavily on big pass catching tight ends in the Patriots offense. Rudy's a vet, he could fit in nicely with the Patriots. Only catch is that the Patriots almost never get taken in a trade, typically they're the ones doing the taking.
Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders have a ton of money in cap space still available and they have a bunch of no-name tight ends on roster. Lee Smith, Derek Carrier and Luke Wilson? That's not a lot of competition if Rudy were to head to the coast. Gruden is a wild card, the Raiders are always a wild card but they might be interested in a veteran TEs services to get their offense established a little quicker.
The Jags are another team with a bunch of lesser known tight ends. But what they do have is Nick Foles under center and John DeFilippo calling plays on the sidelines. Flip knows Rudy, he knows how Foles uses the tight end and those two things might leave Jacksonville as the perfect landing spot for Rudy
Green Bay Packers
Sure, the Packers need a tight end. That said, there's not a chance in heck that the Vikings trade Rudy in division to the Packers and not a chance that the Packers give up future assets or picks to the Vikings to get Rudy. There's a need but it ain't gonna happen.