Questions Answered: Kyle Rudolph, Ndamukong Suh, Waynes’ Retirement

Kyle Rudolph
Dec 23, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) takes the field before the game against Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the June 21st edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.


Q: Kyle Rudolph told Paul Allen on Tuesday he’d like to return to the Vikings. Would he be a good fit?

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) celebrates with teammates after scoring touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second half at Soldier Field in Chicago on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Matt Marton / USA TODAY Sports

A: Rudolph would be a good fit for the Vikings but not because the team needs some big sentimental reunion.

Conversely, Minnesota could stand to be a lot better at TE2. The role is tentatively filled by free-agent Johnny Mundy, and nobody knows if he’s good or not.

The Vikings know all about Rudolph, and his addition to the roster as a TE2 would make the depth chart deeper, which playoff-contending teams should want.

Q: Since the Ndamukong Suh rumors seem to be real, would he be an instant starter for the 2022 Vikings?

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh (93) walks onto the field before the game against the Los Angeles Rams during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

A: Yes, Suh would supplant Armon Watts on the depth chart with the snap of two fingers.

Suh isn’t going to sign somewhere and be a backup, so wherever he ends up should be classified as a starting assignment.

The 35-year-old had a down season last year — probably why the Buccaneers signed the younger Akiem Hicks for Suh’s job — but perhaps Suh could bounce back in 2022.

The Vikings have the money to sign him. Let’s see who Suh decides on, as it sounds like the choice is between Minnesota and Las Vegas.

Q: Do you believe Trae Waynes will stay retired, or is this one of those temporary deals?

Dec 19, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) catches a pass for a touchdown past Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Trae Waynes (26) in the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

A: He’ll stay retired.

Waynes played most of his career in Minnesota, got a ginormous payday from Cincinnati, and retired after five games with the Bengals.

It kind of sounds like this was his plan along. Plus, if he does suddenly change his mind, the market for his services won’t be too hopping. Waynes is a decent corner who turns 30 in a month.

This is likely the end of the road.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).


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