4 recent releases who could help the Carolina Panthers in 2021

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Kyle Rudolph – TE

  • 2020 team – Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings made the expected move to part ways with veteran Kyle Rudolph after a tremendous spell with the franchise that spanned a decade. The tight end voiced his displeasure following the season about his lack of involvement on offense and considering the savings involved, this was a decision that should work out well for both parties.

Rudolph is a solid blocking presence on the edge who assists well in the passing game. He has a proven track record of coming up big in crucial moments and also provides an assured presence in the red-zone should the opportunity arise.

Getting more in the way of production from the tight end spot is something the Carolina Panthers desperately need. Greg Olsen’s departure left a gaping hole that Ian Thomas was unable to fill, so whether it comes during free agency or the 2021 NFL Draft, a more dependable option is needed.

Whether Rudolph would be interested in a move to Carolina is another matter. He has played with Teddy Bridgewater before during their time on the Vikings, but the signal-caller faces an uncertain future of his own with the Panthers clearly examining every possible alternative option and teams calling to check his availability in the trade market.

It’s hard to deny that Rudolph would be an instant upgrade on anything Carolina currently has. However, perhaps a younger, cheaper option might be the best way to go.