Rapoport mentions that with the Vikings drafting TE Irv Smith and Rudolph due $7.5 million, it’s possible that this development could lead to a trade.
According to Rapoport, there is interest in Rudolph around the NFL.
Rudolph has come up as a potential trade candidate over the past few weeks and leading up to this year’s draft.
The Patriots have been mentioned as a speculative landing spot for Rudolph, but that was before they signed Ben Watson, so it remains to be seen whether they would still be interested in acquiring him.
Rudolph, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Vikings back in 2011. He’s currently in the final year of his five-year, $36,500,000 contract and stands to make a base salary $7,275,000 for the 2019 season.
Rudolph will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
In 2018, Rudolph appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings and caught 64 passes for 634 yards receiving and four touchdowns.