Kyle Rudolph was recently released by the Minnesota Vikings to help save cap space. It also didn’t hurt that the Vikings had drafted former Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. not long ago, who was waiting to take over for Rudolph for some time.
Rudolph was actually the subject of trade rumors involving the Chiefs back before the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and the move would have made a lot of sense. Rudolph has been a very reliable tight end for a long time hauling in over 4,400 yards in his career as well as 77 TD’s on 453 receptions. While Rudolph may have lost some speed as he creeps into his thirties, he’s a solid all-around tight end that could help block as well as catch.
Rudolph could be that guy that finally allows the Chiefs to run those two-tight end sets that fans have dreamed of for years. Not to mention, he could also be a nice red zone threat opposite Travis Kelce. At 31 years old, Rudolph may be getting close to retirement and ring chasing with the Chiefs may be appealing to him. For the right price, Rudolph would be ideal and an upgrade over Nick Keizer and Ricky-Seals jones by a mile.