Are the Chiefs in the Market for a Tight End?

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Could the Kansas City Chiefs be looking to add a veteran TE to the roster via Free Agency or Trade?

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.

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.

Weigh in Arrowhead Guys, should the Chiefs trade for Kyle Rudolph and what draft picks would you be willing to part with?

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KCChef
KCChef

When did Andy have two pass “catching” TE’s ? … : )

Berserker
Berserker

He had Chad Lewis and L.J. Smith for a while. And then he had Smith and Celek after Lewis left.

MasterChief
MasterChief

TE is a position I’m worried about in the event that Kelce is injured. He’s been injured many times before so I’d love to have another good TE receiver. We had that in Harris but he’s gone and the other guys are unknowns to me.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Kelce has missed very few games since he missed his first year

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

he has pretty significant concussion history. And frankly, he is getting some milage piling up. His injury luck cant last forever

Jdklks
Jdklks

Would be a huge luxury, but unless Andy wants to run more two TE sets where they are both in routes it feels like we wouldn’t be maximizing Rudolph’s potential. If we ended up with a Hernandez/Gronk-type situation and both were putting up huge numbers that would be great.

jmgunn0124
jmgunn0124

I’d see if they would trade Rudolph and Rhodes for something like a 2nd and a 4th

Berserker
Berserker

Skål!

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Is this one of those ‘Get 10 Amens and ________ Will Happen’ deals like I see on Facebook?

….b/c if so….AMEN

Slayer0810
Slayer0810

If we’re going to throw out crazy scenarios, how about for Reggie Raglund and a 4th? Though your proposed trade would instantly improve our team, I’m honestly much more worried about LB than CB. I’m not sure how I’d feel about giving up early-round picks that we could use to continue building the team next year.

ChiefUdall
ChiefUdall

I wouldn’t want to give more than a 4th or 5th to trade for Kyle, would also need a new contract. 7.5 mill is a little step for him, more like 3 years 12-15 range.

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief

I think it makes good sense. But I’m not sure what we could give up that would make it happen.

upamtn

everyone loves a nice, tight end

LadyChief
LadyChief

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Snafu
Snafu

Bum in the USA?

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh

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Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

I would rather bring in Watson than trade for Rudolph. Both would be one year rentals.

jmgunn0124
jmgunn0124

Watson already signed with NE

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Well, then you’re stuck with Deon Yelder….ain’t ya?

Slayer0810
Slayer0810

Unless the asking price is really low, you’re doing the same thing with Rudolph that you did with Frank Clark. If you’re going to spend draft capital to pick him up, you likely will be working out a long-term deal with him.

That said, while I am a Rudolph fan as a player, I’m not sure that the Chiefs would view him as a long-term piece given other upcoming contracts. I don’t expect they’ll trade for him, but if they do, I’d be shocked if it ended up being a “one year rental” as you said.