The Arizona Cardinals have already made one big move this offseason, signing star pass-rusher JJ Watt. It was a move that surprised many, but one that signifies that the Cardinals are going all-in on winning now. Another move they could make would be for free agent tight end Kyle Rudolph.
At this point in time, the primary focus for the Cardinals should be on adding weapons for star quarterback Kyler Murray. Bringing in a consistent and quality tight end would be a good step in the right direction.
One NFL executive, who requested to remain anonymous, thinks the Cardinals should do everything they can to sign Rudolph.
“Kyle Rudolph has interest from a lot of teams, but I think the Cardinals should do everything in their power to get him. Kyler Murray would benefit greatly from a consistent, veteran tight end. Rudolph would be a good fit in their offense and it just makes too much sense for Arizona.”
Last season with the Vikings, Rudolph ended up playing in 12 games. He caught 28 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown on the year. Rudolph may not have put up huge numbers, but he didn’t have a huge role either.
By joining the Cardinals, Rudolph would become the clear-cut No. 1 tight end again. He would be able to start and see consistent targets from Murray.
Rudolph has interest from quite a few other teams around the league. Among them are the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. If the Cardinals do want to sign him, they will have to get aggressive soon.
Even at 31 years of age, Kyle Rudolph can make a major difference. He may not be a 1,000-yard threat, but he can still catch 50 passes for 650 yards and a handful of touchdowns. That would be a valuable addition for the Cardinals.
Expect to hear more news about Rudolph in the near future. He is a hot free agent target and the Cardinals should absolutely get involved.