Report: Vikings getting calls on Kyle Rudolph, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes

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The Vikings have a healthy supply of talented young corners, and with nine picks left in the 2019 draft they could have some more. They also have a brand-new second-round tight end.

And for that reason the phones reportedly are ringing.

Albert Breer of SI.com reports that the Vikings are getting calls about three key veterans: Tight end Kyle Rudolph, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, and cornerback Trae Waynes. Breer writes that the Vikings are “open to, but not actively shopping” these players.

Rudolph enters the final year of his contract, with a salary of $7.275 million. Rhodes has a fifth-year option salary, fully guaranteed, of $9.069 million.

Rhodes presents a more complicated situation. Although rumors of a trade have emerged regarding the 2013 first-round pick in the past, his $10.4 million salary is fully guaranteed — and trading him would trigger a $7.2 million cap charge. That said, trading Rhodes would still clear $6.137 million in cap space.

Cap space is key for the Vikings. With so many veteran players making great money as starters, the Vikings run the risk of not having the depth necessary when injuries happen. Having so many low-cost draft picks helps. Clearing cap space would also allow the Vikings to round up veteran reserves at solid salaries, shoring up potential weak links if/when starters get hurt.

39 responses to “Report: Vikings getting calls on Kyle Rudolph, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes

  1. I doubt Vikings fans would like to see Rudolph traded. He’s a good player and huge in the community there (and back here in Cincinnati)

  2. Too late to help this years draft. The highest we can get this year is a fourth. I don’t think anyone needs more 6th and 7th rounders so that leaves picks next year. I hate to say it but if This draft doesn’t help us get over the top, Spielman and Zimmer could both be gone and these will be someone else’s picks. Rhodes supposedly had injury issues last year but he goes out of every game with an injury that looks like it’s critical and then jogs back in two plays later. So it’s hard to say if injuries hurt him or not but he was the best of these players two years ago and the worst of them last year.

  3. ragnarthegreat says:
    April 27, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Too late to help this years draft. The highest we can get this year is a fourth. I don’t think anyone needs more 6th and 7th rounders so that leaves picks next year. I hate to say it but if This draft doesn’t help us get over the top, Spielman and Zimmer could both be gone and these will be someone else’s picks. Rhodes supposedly had injury issues last year but he goes out of every game with an injury that looks like it’s critical and then jogs back in two plays later. So it’s hard to say if injuries hurt him or not but he was the best of these players two years ago and the worst of them last year.

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    I do think he quit in a lot of games last year as did quite a few players !!! I think that’s what angered me sooo much about last year !!!

  4. Dellastreet10

    As far as players quitting on us, Agree totally. The team seemed to play without heart or energy so much of last year. Remember the Bears game? I didn’t see Rhodes specifically quit on us but it wouldn’t surprise me. He was nothing like he was the year before. He didn’t decline, he often fell off a cliff. Injuries? Not sure.

  5. I doubt this is anything more than Vikings leaking information on players they would be interested in moving or renegotiating with. Multiple teams do not call and ask about specific players out of the blue. Calls go both ways and agents are often involved in players interests as contracts get concerning–especially in unique nfl situation where players are often cut for financial reasons while skills are rapidly diminishing. Smart players/agents, as well as gms look a few years into the future, not often about a player’s situation come the next camp.

  6. “Breer writes that the Vikings are “open to, but not actively shopping” these players.”

    For me, these headlines scream that the Vikings are indeed actively shopping these players. Talented GMs understand how to work with agents to explore opportunities, probably cap concerned and looking ahead to potential contract situations.

  7. I mean, if it were me, I’d take whatever I could get for Rhodes. He was absolutely terrible last year. He’s like Richard Sherman. Can only “cover” when he’s holding. With Pass Interference able to be challenged this year, no one could really put him out there. It would either be a completion for a big gain or a PI for a big gain.

  8. ragnarthegreat says:
    April 27, 2019 at 10:18 am
    Too late to help this years draft. The highest we can get this year is a fourth. I don’t think anyone needs more 6th and 7th rounders so that leaves picks next year

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    Who is saying trading away players for draft picks? The Cowboys could use a shutdown corner like Rhodes and the Vikings could use a OLineman like Smith, Martin or Frederick

  9. The packers should call on all 3 as they would all be HUGE upgrades to what they have on that team. May as well call on some of our assistant coaches while you’re at it seeing as that new HC of yours will fail miserably.

    # NoPackNo

  10. sammievee says:
    April 27, 2019 at 10:44 am
    I doubt this is anything more than Vikings leaking information on players they would be interested in moving or renegotiating with. Multiple teams do not call and ask about specific players out of the blue. Calls go both ways and agents are often involved in players interests as contracts get concerning–especially in unique nfl situation where players are often cut for financial reasons while skills are rapidly diminishing. Smart players/agents, as well as gms look a few years into the future, not often about a player’s situation come the next camp.

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    I think its the opposite. With everyone doing their due diligence on every possible anything teams call to ask all the time. So there really is never a time it cant be claimed “getting lots of calls”. So a team saying they are ‘getting lots of calls’ becomes meaningless. It does not mean they are getting interest and offers, which is the real thing that matters.

  11. It amazes me how often, how far, and how quickly a lot of once-highly-regarded players fall from grace. Not just with the Vikings, with any team… if not every team… and not just with the fans but also with the coaches.

    “Rhodes closed” became “X-Ray-vier” in just a year or two. To be fair, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix set the world on fire his first couple years out of ‘Bama, even earning second team All Pro honors in his (I think) second year. Two years later, he forgot how to tackle (or lost the want-to) entirely and is now on his third team. I don’t know that either guy is “washed up” by any means; they might both just need a change of scenery but their falls from grace were swift and sure.

  12. At this point in the draft it isn’t worth trading these playera for other draft picks this year. I would recommend if they trade any of these players they only trade 1 and it must be for a Pro Bowl caliber veteran OT or DT and potentially an early round draft pick for 2020.

  13. Every single time he gets beat bad he fakes an injury. Fakes it so bad you swear he’s a World Cup socccer player or an NBA flopper. Tired of it!

  14. stellarperformance says:
    April 27, 2019 at 10:14 am
    A full-rebuild is a full-rebuild.
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    If giving new contracts to home grown players like Smith, Hunter, Diggs, Thielen, Kendricks, and Barr a full rebuild then what do you call what the Packers are doing? Signing a couple mediocre free agents and reaching for rookies sounds like a lot hoping, wishing and praying.

  15. ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    The packers should call on all 3 as they would all be HUGE upgrade…

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    You can keep your over rated guys. No thank you. But appreciate the offer as always. Extremly exciting time in titletown with our new organizational moves. Cant wait to get this season underway. By the way…thank you for always thinking about us. Even when we arent part of the story.

  16. Rhodes was a great player whose ego got in his way. Tantrums or faked injuries when he got beat, especially against his nemesis Alshon Jeffrey. He’s salvageable. Waynes is a runaway train of a corner, you just gasp every time the ball is in the area against him. But he wins his share. Wins ugly, but wins.

    Rudolph has always been an overrated player. His professional highlight is MVP of the Pro Bowl. lol. Too many drops. Not sure I’d trade him for anything lower than a 3rd though.

  17. no way either of those corners goes for less than a 2nd rounder or a really good player at a position of need, so… probably not. kubfanski will run more two tight end sets in the new offense so i think rudolph is good for another year, though drafting irv smith jr may induce him to reconsider his no restructure stance.

  18. Spielman bungled this draft yesterday. he had an opportunity to solidify the offensive line with addition of a tackle in round 2 and a guard in round 3. the guard and bradberry would start immediately, and the tackle would transition into the role so they would be able to release reiff next year.

    i really hope he isn’t stupid enough to trade their best 2 cover corners the team has EVER had and the 2nd best tight end this team has ever had just so he can clear some cap space to sign a bunch of cast off scrub offensive lineman in free agency in 2020.

    yes vikings fans, Rhodes and Waynes are the 2 best cover corners this team has ever had. are you telling me spielman wants to trade both of them to rely on mike hughes coming off an acl tear, holton hill who is suspsended 4 games, and mack alexander who is a free agent next year?

    If speilman trades any one of those 3, he should be fired. if he wants to clear up cap space, then maybe he shouldnt have signed josh kline. a much cheaper, younger, and more talented guard could have been drafted, but no, he signs another scrub. just like compton. just like remmers. just like reiff.

    rick speilman doesn’t learn.

    and don’t get me started on that running back they took. what a waste of 3rd round pick.

    i have no interest in the draft today, as all these late round picks often don’t amount to anything.

    as a vikings fan, i am very disappointed. once again, this team is going into a season with barley half a reliable offensive line. then zimmer will blame the coordinator and fire him. guarantee it. then they’ll start with a new coordinator around week 12, likely kubiak. cousins will be a disaster. zimmer and spielman will be fired.

    cousins will be released. the veterans will be released.

    and we will start over. again.

  19. I like our draft so far this year. One could argue that even drafting Irv Smith improves our offensive line because he is such a good blocker. David Morgan, at times, looked like our best o-lineman last year and that is indeed SAD. Of the 3 mentioned, I think Rhodes may be our best trade option. I think Mike Hughes could become our starting corner and we would notice very little drop off in results.
    I’ve always disliked how easy it was to determine the Vikings Offensive play calling just by virtue of their personnel packages. I think it would be interesting to see how defenses would react to having Irv Smith and Rudolph lined up in the Red Zone. Maybe it’s a formation that would make us a little less predictable. And I’m OK with Waynes if he finds his ability to ‘wrap’ tackle vs. ‘hit’ tackle again. It seems that Roc Thomas and Holton Hill have already set up an effective ‘smoke screen’ as no one in the organization is talking about them. Cut them both. Get a good 3rd down WR, DT and some additional DB depth today and I’m fine with our start to the 2019 season.

  20. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 27, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    How much more proof do you need that Loserville is back in complete rebuild mode?
    *****
    Maybe you should just focus on seeing if the Packers can get back to being a .500 team and finishing better than 3rd place in the NFC North for the first time in three years despite having the so-called greatest QB of all time on their roster.

  21. Point of the article isn’t necessarily what the Vikings can get for trading any of the 3 named players, it’s about getting some room under the salary cap. You see, when you pay $84 million guaranteed for an underperforming QB, it limits your other roster moves. Its time to pay the Piper and the Vikings might have to lose a starter or two to pay for their past mistakes.

  22. whatjusthapped says:
    April 27, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Point of the article isn’t necessarily what the Vikings can get for trading any of the 3 named players, it’s about getting some room under the salary cap. You see, when you pay $84 million guaranteed for an underperforming QB, it limits your other roster moves. Its time to pay the Piper and the Vikings might have to lose a starter or two to pay for their past mistakes.
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    I can play this game. How much is Rodgers getting paid and has always been paid? That must be the reason the Packers defense has stunk all those years. Past mistakes. Yes, Rodgers won a Super Bowl at least…

  23. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 27, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    How much more proof do you need that Loserville is back in complete rebuild mode?////

    The packers are in more of a rebuild mode than the Vikings are. You went 6-10 last year, have not been to the playoffs the last 2 years, have a new head coach. New GM, that told the sensitive one Aaron Rodgers. The guy that quit on his coach and got him fired. Aaron don’t be the problem. You have a roster lacking in talent that one draft isn’t going to change the team enough to contend this year. Even though the NFL will promote the team like it is a contender.

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