For at least a month there were plenty of rumors surrounding Kyle Rudolph potentially being traded by the Vikings and the Patriots were the team that got mentioned the most.
It made a ton of sense with Rob Gronkowski retiring this offseason and the team not really doing much to replace him. But, Rudolph recently signed a four-year deal with Minnesota putting an end to all of the rumors.
Speaking with Albert Breer of MMQB, Rudolph discussed the rumors that had him going to New England, but from the sounds of it he never thought it would happen.
“I don't know how real those trade possibilities were,” Rudolph said. “But, like you said, I played for Charlie [Weis]. So for me, I've kind of followed that organization from afar since 2008 when I got my first Notre Dame playbook and we watched cut-ups from the Patriots offense that we were running. I have a huge amount of respect and appreciation for what they've done over the last two decades. But I don't know that there was ever any real opportunity there.
“Obviously the speculation is going to be there because of their situation at my position and then our team's cash/cap situation and my salary. So there was kind of just a natural, like, ‘Hey, Kyle’s familiar with the offense, he played for a coach that was a coordinator there.’”
The Patriots currently have a tight ends depth chart of Ben Watson (suspended four games), Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck. The team recently tried to trade for Michael Roberts of the Lions, but he reportedly failed his physical.