3 players the Vikings should consider putting on the trade block

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Kyle Rudolph – TE

Potential Trade Partners:

  • New England Patriots
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Indianapolis Colts

After five games this season, Kyle Rudolph has caught a total of seven passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. He’s averaging just over 15 yards per matchup and he has yet to end a contest this year with more than two catches.

For someone like Rudolph who is taking up around $8.8 million of Minnesota’s cap space, his production this season is not worth the kind of money he’s currently making. His lack of production might not entirely be his fault, however, since he’s only been targeted 10 times so far this year.

Rudolph is already a candidate to be a cap casualty in 2021, so the Vikings should be making some calls to teams around the NFL who are in need of a tight end who excels in the red zone.

Given his age (31 in November), Minnesota would probably be lucky to get anything better than a fifth-round draft pick in return for Rudolph. Any offer for the tight end that would send them a draft pick higher than a fifth-rounder is something the Vikings would definitely have to pounce on.

If Minnesota were to actually trade Rudolph, they would free up almost $7.4 million in cap space. Whatever happens though, the Vikings have to figure something out with the veteran tight end because him averaging a catch and 15 receiving yards each week is not why the team is paying him more than $7 million this season.