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Patriots Reportedly in Trade Talks for Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 4: Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings signals for a first down in the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Adam Bettcher

While the New England Patriots surprised many of us when they chose not to select a tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft to replace the now-retired Rob Gronkowski, the Minnesota Vikings may have just put one of the most reliable sets of hands in the league on the market, and New England is taking full advantage.

The Patriots and Vikings are reportedly engaged in trade talks over tight end Kyle Rudolph after Minnesota selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith in the second round this year.

The two-time Pro Bowler is on the decline, however. He recorded 634 yards and four touchdowns last season.

However, he's still an excellent blocker and a solid option in the red zone, which is essential to starring as a tight end in the Patriots system. Rudolph may not be as athletic as Gronk, but he has the reliable hands and ability to make contested catches. And who better than the Patriots to get him back to his former self?

With Tom Brady in Josh McDaniels' system, Rudolph could evolve into an impact player just like he was in Minnesota. This trade almost makes too much sense.