The LA Chargers have a big decision at the tight end position this offseason. Tight end Hunter Henry is a free agent after getting franchise tagged last season and the Chargers cannot afford to let him walk away for the sake of Justin Herbert.
The team could either sign him to an extension, which will likely be for $40-45 million over four years, or they could franchise tag him again. If Henry’s extension price is too high, the team could pay the same this season by simply tagging him.
However, the team would be running the risk of straining the relationship with Henry and removing any possibility of an extension ever coming to fruition. It very well could be extension or bust.
And if that is the case, the LA Chargers need to gauge other options just in case Henry gets an offer from another team that he simply cannot say no to. One potential new option is now on the market in Kyle Rudolph, who has been released by the Minnesota Vikings.
Is Kyle Rudolph a worthwhile tight end target for the LA Chargers?
There are multiple factors to this question. The Chargers might be more likely to pursue Rudolph if Henry walks away, but I would not rule out bringing Rudolph in with Henry as well.
To find the right answer to the question, we are going to break down the reasons for the LA Chargers potentially pursuing Rudolph, the reasons against and then will come to a conclusion.