Yesterday Adam Shefter reported recently retired tight end Benjamin Watson was visiting the New England Patriots. While somewhat of a “who cares?” report, he mentioned that Watson was also “considering” the Chiefs. This doesn’t necessarily mean the Chiefs have any interest in Watson, or that they’ve asked him to visit if he leaves New England with a contract however. Its just as likely that Watson’s agent added a few tight end needy teams in for negotiating purposes when he leaked the information to Shefter. However adding a veteran TE2 does make sense, as many projected the Chiefs to be in the tight end market during the draft. After not being able to address the position with a draft pick, many are left wondering if the Chiefs need to find another way to bolster the roster behind All World tight end Travis Kelce.
Former Saints’ TE Benjamin Watson, who had intended to retire, is in New England today visiting with the Patriots, per source. Watson also is considering the Chiefs, Bills and 49ers. His retirement didn’t last long.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 9, 2019
Then today we recently found out that the Vikings’ contract talks with Kyle Rudolph have stalled, and that the team might look to move him through a trade. Brett Veach has certainly shown his willingness to acquire veteran players through the trade of draft capital, and with the Tyreek Hill situation uncertain, adding another proven pass catcher to the offense would be a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators who already have their hands full trying to dream up a way to
stop slow down Patrick Mahomes.
Several years ago Andy Reid was one of the creative minds to first utilize the mismatch of a two tight end formation, along with the Patriots, when he found himself in the position of having two legitimate pass catching tight ends. The formation forces the opposing team to choose between run and pass defense personnel, giving the offense the ability to audible into a play that exploits a personnel mismatch. The trend at the time was thought to be the future of the NFL, but a unfortunately the talent at tight end entering the league the last five years has been limited. Most teams consider themselves to be lucky to have one legitimate threat at tight end, let alone two.
But the Chiefs find themselves in an interesting situation with the potential of Kyle Rudolph becoming available via trade. With one of the undisputed Top-3 tight ends already on the roster, a considerable chunk of cap space, and the mindset of being “all in” on a Super Bowl run, it might just make sense to call the Vikings and start working on trade parameters. Having Kelce and Rudolph at tight end along with a plethora of speed at wide receiver, a deep stable of running backs and the reigning league MVP at quarterback in addition to a completely revamped defense would have Vegas scrambling to update their Super Bowl odds.
I know one guy who approves.
I've repeatedly banged the drum that KC should at least consider going the route of 2 TE's frequently considering the concern regarding their WR depth. Rudolph would be a fun pairing with Kelce and would allow KC to mess with opponents' personnel groupings. https://t.co/4Gf95bT3PK— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) May 10, 2019
Weigh in Arrowhead Guys, should the Chiefs trade for Kyle Rudolph and what draft picks would you be willing to part with?