6 players the Vikings should consider trading before the deadline
By Adam Patrick
Kyle Rudolph – TE
After the Vikings used a second-round pick to draft tight end Irv Smith Jr. earlier this year, it was a bit surprising that the team even decided to keep Kyle Rudolph around for the regular season.
Now that Minnesota has played five games, it’s even more surprising that the team still has Rudolph on their roster.
The veteran tight end is making $9.35 million this year and he’s caught a total of six passes for 36 yards on eight targets. For a guy who is making the second-most money of any tight end in the NFL this season, Rudolph’s production is very disappointing.
With how the Vikings’ salary cap situation is setting up for next year, the chances of the veteran tight end remaining with the team after this season seem very, very slim.
Prior to the start of the 2019 season, there were reports of teams being interested in trading for Rudolph. Could some of those teams still be interested in making a deal for the tight end before this year’s trade deadline? If they are, the Vikings should take whatever offer they can get for Rudolph.