4 teams that might trade for Kyle Rudolph in the 2021 offseason

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Cleveland Browns

Former Vikings offensive coordinator and current Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is the obvious connection one can make between Kyle Rudolph and Cleveland. But the Browns might have a need at tight end this offseason depending on what they decide to do with David Njoku.

Njoku was selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but he’s never been able to live up to the expectations that come with being such a high draft pick. Thanks to injuries and other factors, he’s only managed to accumulate a total of 24 catches for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his last two seasons.

If they want, the Browns can cut Njoku this offseason and save just over $6 million. Then Cleveland might want to go and trade for someone like Rudolph, who hauled in seven touchdowns (including the playoffs) in 2019 when Stefanski was calling plays for Minnesota’s offense.

If Cleveland feels like Rudolph is a better fit for their offense than Njoku, don’t be surprised if they attempt to make a deal for the Vikings veteran tight end.