Reasons for the LA Chargers pursuing Kyle Rudolph:
Kyle Rudolph’s likely price
What makes Kyle Rudolph so intriguing is that he is likely going to sign a fairly small contract with whoever his new team is. Rudolph is on the wrong side of 30 and his best days are certainly behind him. With him playing a skill position, teams are going to be wary in over-spending for him.
This keeps the Chargers in the loop even if Hunter Henry re-signs. Stephen Anderson and Virgil Green are also free agents and if the Chargers cannot come to terms with them then they could look to run a three tight end unit of Henry, Rudolph and Donald Parham.
If Henry signs elsewhere then Rudolph gives the team a cheap replacement, allowing them to use the funds that they would have used on the tight end position on another area of need.
Kyle Rudolph’s veteran experience
This could be beneficial to Justin Herbert. Henry was one of Justin Herbert’s favorite targets last season and while Rudolph is not at the level of Henry, his veteran presence could be hugely beneficial to Herbert, who could elevate Rudolph’s play himself with his high level of quarterback play.
That would also be beneficial for Donald Parham as well as any tight end the team drafts in the 2021 NFL Draft. If Henry walks away the team should probably spend draft capital on a tight end to give a long-term solution to the position.