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3 Teams That Need to Trade for Vikings' TE Kyle Rudolph

Mike Esposito
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Kyle Rudolph has been an integral piece of the Minnesota Vikings' offense for the past eight years. However, the Vikings shelled out big contracts to players like Kirk Cousins and Anthony Barr over the past few seasons, and Minnesota doesn't have much cap space to work with anymore.

The Vikings also selected a tight end, Irv Smith Jr., in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, which suggests Rudolph's days in Minnesota could be numbered. If Minnesota decides to make Rudolph available, here are three teams that should trade for the two-time Pro Bowler.

3. Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys signed Jason Witten to a one-year deal this offseason, but it remains to be seen whether or not the 36-year-old can still play at a high level after taking a year off. Rudolph is versatile enough to contribute as both a blocker and a receiver, which would lighten Witten's load and give Dak Prescott another reliable target.

2. Los Angeles Rams

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The Los Angeles Rams' offense took a hit once Cooper Kupp tore his ACL, so adding another weapon who can dominate over the middle of the field is imperative. Rudolph's ability as a blocker could also help open up the running game for Todd Gurley. Additionally, adding Rudolph could give Sean McVay another chess piece to utilize in the red zone.

1. New England Patriots

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After losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement this offseason, the New England Patriots quickly adjusted by signing Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Ben Watson. However, Seferian-Jenkins hasn't proven he's an every-down TE just yet, and Watson is 38 years old. Adding Rudolph could allow Watson and ASJ to shine in rotational roles while the Notre Dame product attempts to fill Gronkowski's shoes.


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