FOXBORO – After the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, the depth of the Patriots is missing because he retired officially in the middle of free agency and the team did not select one.
But, a reliable NFL veteran will soon be available.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL MediaThe Vikings have had contractual conversations with Kyle Rudolph, but they stopped on Friday morning. The report joins with the team that is recruiting Irv Smith Jr. and Rudolph that owes $ 7.5 million this season, could possibly be exchanged.
The 29-year-old finished last season with 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns. He spent the eight years of his NFL career in Minnesota with his best year of 2016, when he had 83 catches for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.
With the current depth of the Patriots in tight end (Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Watson, Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck), the need is certainly in the position, as it would probably be No. 1 if he joined today.
It is also worth noting that the team is not very financially committed to any of the closed ends of the list, so any of them could be released during the summer.
While the Patriots have not yet connected with Rudolph, save it under something to see in the coming days and weeks.
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