On the Browns and re-uniting Kevin Stefanski and Kyle Rudolph.
It’s almost transaction season, and there’s plenty of ways to improve the Browns roster.
The offensive side of the ball doesn’t get talked about that much this offseason, but tight end Kyle Rudolph was recently cut by the Vikings. He’d love to continue his NFL career, and it just so happens the Browns boast a key connection.
Rudolph would love to play Kevin Stefanski, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. The Browns head coach was an assistant in the Minnesota for over a dozen years before getting the Cleveland gig.
With David Njoku dead-set on talking his way out of Cleveland, fans are looking to Rudolph as a potential replacement.
It’s great to talk about in March, but it will have to be on Rudolph to accept a lesser role with the Browns. Cleveland is paying Austin Hooper a lot of money to be their TE1. Hooper had a solid season and came up with his biggest catch of the season in Kansas City.
The Browns are also clearly invested in Harrison Bryant, who did some nice things as a rookie.
If Rudolph wants to a team-friendly contract and bide is time on the depth chart, it’d be great to have him. He’s significantly improved as a blocker over the years, as his reputation as a tight end with good hands will travel with him to his new location.
The Vikings viewed Rudolph as expendable as he was due to earn $7.65 million in 2021. It’s been speculated that the $6 million price tag Njoku carries into the campaign will be too high for the Browns liking, considering he’s the third tight end.
Rudolph, a product of Cincinnati’s Elder High School, failed to play in 16 games for the first time since the 2013 season. He caught 28 balls for 334 yards, which gave him a career-high 11.9 yards per catch.
It’ll be interesting to see how the front office moves forward with Njoku. I thought he played well, when used, and it’d bet a shame to see him blow up paying for someone else. For what it’s worth, Andrew Berry was a part of Sashi Browns’ front office when the team drafted him in 2017.
That said, the analytics bible probably doesn’t have teams paying $6 million to a third tight end.