The lack of depth in the tight end space behind Irv Smith Jr. for the Minnesota Vikings is something that quite a few people. . . your really included. . .am a little worried about. On Thursday, a rumor hit social media that makes it look like the Vikings might be considering doing something about it.
Free agent tight-end Kyle Rudolph has the interest of several teams ahead of training camp. That #Bucs have been involved, I am told, and a reunion with #vikings is not off the table. This situation should crystallize some time before the camps open.
– Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 14, 2022
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, a reunion between the Vikings and longtime tight-end Kyle Rudolph is “not off the table” as we approach the start of training camp.
Rudolph was drafted by the Vikings in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft from Notre Dame and spent his first ten NFL seasons in purple and gold. He then signed with the New York Giants for 2021 on a two-year, $ 12 million contract, but his time in New York did not go as he had hoped. He caught just 26 passes on 257 yards last season with one touchdown, leading to the Giants cutting him in March.
If Rudolph were to return to the Vikings, he would be the # 2 tight end on the depth chart behind Smith Jr., who returns after missing the entire final season with a meniscus tear. Rudolph’s last season in Minnesota was far from his best. . .he caught 28 passes for just 334 yards and a touchdown while missing four games. . .but he could give a solid hand if Smith were to miss more time.
Kyle Rudolph may not be the difference that the Vikings are a solid team and a Super Bowl challenger at this point, but his return is something that at least in my opinion would make the roster better, and that’s the most you can ask from any signature two weeks before the training camp starts.
What do you think of the prospect of a reunion between the Vikings and Kyle Rudolph, the folks?