From: Atlanta, GA
It seems (finally) there is a consensus in here about acquiring a modern-day TE. Just think if we would have been ahead (or even) of the curve on that one?
Unfortunately, the Minnesota Vikings have yet to learn the importance of a modern-day TE, especially for a team with only two WR's.
Rudolph isn't going to be replaced.
The last "modern-day" TE the Vikings have had who amounted to anything was probably Steve Jordan and that goes back too far for many on here to remember. Some may say Joel Senser was a that type of TE but his career was cut short and he was never a fast TE who could outrun LB and maybe some of the secondary D-Backs. The Vikings have had guys like Jim Kleinsasser, primarily known for his blocking, Kyle Rudolph, known for one yd(s) after-the-catch, Bob Tucker (played with Tommy Kramer and Co.) and before that Stu Voigt. It has not been a position of notoriety for the Vikings over their history. Forgettable, for the most part.
Don't forget Jermaine Wiggins, Visanthe Shiancoe, and John Carlson. Wiggins had good hands. Shiancoe was not bad as far as Viking tight ends go. Carlson was a complete waste.