Report: Bucs, Vikings among teams that have interest in Kyle Rudolph

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The Broncos worked out free agent tight end Kyle Rudolph in April. That’s the last known interest Rudolph has received.

But Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that “multiple teams” are showing interest in Rudolph ahead of training camp. The Bucs and Vikings are among those who have inquired about Rudolph, per Fowler.

Rudolph, 32, played for the Giants last season. They released him in March to save $5 million of cap room. He played 16 games with 13 starts and caught 26 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings made Rudolph a second-round choice in 2011, and he spent 10 years in Minnesota.

The Bucs, of course, are seeking to replace Rob Gronkowski, though they drafted Washington’s Cade Otton and Minnesota’s Ko Kieft to go with Cam Brate.

17 responses to “Report: Bucs, Vikings among teams that have interest in Kyle Rudolph

  1. He really wants to come back to Minnesota but I suspect they are offering him around the league minimum and he wants more than that.

  2. Could see him coming back to MN. Could also see him rather playing with Tom Brady.

  3. Suh, Rudolph… Vikings really have that “new car smell” to them this season!

  4. those are league minimum receiving stats – maybe sweeten the deal a bit more for blocking ability

  5. Not sure what kinda impact he would make honestly. His days as a decent pass catcher are behind him regardless of who’s playing QB. I think the Bucs are happy with their TE room.

  6. Come home, Kyle! All is forgiven! Come back to join the dynasty and win a few rings before you retire!!!

  7. Rudolph has been a consistent TE, last year was a bit of an aberration. But I could see Tampa bringing him in to strengthen the position group and rely on him down the stretch.

  8. I love this guy. He’s a great person, first, and a very good player.

  9. He was solid in his prime, but those days are long gone. I hope the Vikes don’t bring him back.

  10. League minimum plus substantial incentives for YAC and if he breaks a tackle.

  11. He’s a good guy, but he’s washed. Might be acceptable depth for vet minimum. Any more and you’re wasting it.

  12. The Vikes TE depth is thin. Maybe a year in NY convinced him that a blocking and red zone role is where his skill set is at this stage of his career after all. He’s an ideal leader and teammate — would have no objection to a team friendly deal.

  13. The Packers should sign Rudolph as a veteran presence in their young locker room. Rodgers would appreciate a dependable guy and Kyle would be a great role model for the young guys. Make it happen Gute.

  14. He’s definitely washed up. Would be a wasted roster spot to bring him back. Just say “NO”!

  15. I think it’s a good idea to bring him back to Minnesota. Yes he’s not what he was but is still a good red zone threat. Plus Irv Smith seems to get hurt often… or it seems like it.

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