4 potential trade targets for Patriots at tight end and why they will/won’t happen

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Got a few questions in my weekly Patriots Q&A about the possibility of New England trading for another tight end in the wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement. To be honest, there aren’t a lot of big names out there the jump off the page as real possibilities, but here are four candidates we found. (Consider this a complementary piece to this story we ran about trade candidates at the receiver position.)

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
Final year of contract: 2019
Remaining cost: $7.275 million
Skinny: The biggest name out there. Rudolph is a big pass catcher who checks in at 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds certainly has a similar size and catch radius to Gronkowski. The Notre Dame product, who will turn 30 in November, has had three straight years with 50-plus catches, including 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns this past season.
Why it will happen: