The Cleveland Browns should look into reuniting the former Minnesota Vikings tight end with his former offensive coordinator.
A possible target for the Cleveland Browns is now on the open market. The Minnesota Vikings released veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph Tuesday and he is a player that the team should look into bringing to the roster.
There is still the uncertain situation involving David Njoku and his status on the roster moving forward. While Njoku did play better towards the end of the season, there are still multiple issues with his play. Add in his pricy cap hit for a third tight end and this seems like a natural move. Rudolph made just over $7 million last year so a lesser number next year for the 32-year old tight end could be very much realistic. In fact, it is more than possible it is less than Njoku’s $6+ million for next season.
There is more to just money with this idea. Kyle Rudolph would be reunited with Kevin Stefanski, his former coach and offensive coordinator in Minnesota. Rudolph already knows the offense and would be a contributor from day one. It would also allow the team to deploy tight ends in more unconventional sets such as out wide or in the backfield. This has to be a consideration for a team that is going to evolve offensively, something that Stefanski said Tuesday when meeting with the media. It’s about creating mismatches and adding someone of Rudolph’s talent and skill set would give them plenty of options to create mismatches.