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3 Most Likely Trade Destinations for Kyle Rudolph

Max Staley
Kyle Rudolph could be on the move this season.
Kyle Rudolph could be on the move this season. / Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Kyle Rudolph is one of the most underrated tight ends in the game. He's a well-rounded player who blocks at an elite level and is capable of making an impact as a pass-catcher, particularly in the red zone.

But with all of the cap complications that might arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been some speculation that Rudolph could be asked to take a pay cut. Rudolph definitively dismissed those claims, and appears to have no interest in doing so.

If he and the Minnesota Vikings can't come to some sort of agreement, don't be surprised to see GM Rick Spielman make Rudolph available in a trade. If that happens, here are the most likely destinations for Rudolph this offseason.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Armed with more cap space than any team in the league, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of holes on their roster and more than enough money to fill them. Tight end is certainly a position of need. With young QB Trevor Lawrence likely coming aboard, Jacksonville would be wise to add a veteran safety blanket like Rudolph, and the Jags would have no trouble absorbing his $9.45 million cap hit.

2. New England Patriots

The New England Patriots arguably have the worst tight end situation in the league. They've gotten virtually no production from the position since Rob Gronkowski left the picture. Adding Rudolph would fix that in a hurry. His versatility should make him the ideal fit in a Bill Belichick system that prizes that ability in its tight ends. Plus, the Patriots have more than enough cap space ($54.8 million) to take on the 31-year-old.

1. Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have a slew of decent tight ends, but none of them are a no-doubt, No. 1 option at the position. Rudolph would be that and then some with the Colts. He's a monster in the red zone who has caught at least 6 TDs in three of his last seasons. And he thrives as a run blocker, making him a decent fit for the Colts' run-first offense.

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