Purple Rumor Mill: Odell Beckham, Kyle Rudolph, Help from CLE

Purple Rumor Mill: Odell Beckham, Kyle Rudolph, Help from CLE
Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports.

Vikings Rumor Mill, October 22nd

VikingsTerritory’s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the October 22nd edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.

Rumor: The Vikings should sign — or will sign — Odell Beckham Jr.

Vikings Shouldn't Be Ruled Out of Sweepstakes for Star WR
May 4, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

This rumor — or idea, really — is a fan-driven ordeal. Beckham is a free agent and expected to sign with a contending team for his November return to action. And because the Vikings are unexpectedly 5-1, head coach Kevin O’Connell worked with Beckham in Tinseltown, and Minnesota has LSU alumni galore — folks believe he could land in Minnesota.

However, a few factors prevent this theory from becoming reality:

  1. The Vikings have the fewest available salary-cap dollars in the NFL.
  2. The team has more pressing roster needs if any moves are made at all.
  3. Vegas doesn’t even acknowledge the Vikings as remote contenders for Beckham.

While it’s fun to dream, Beckham to the Vikings is an extreme longshot.

Rumor: Kyle Rudolph has interest in “coming home.”

Kyle Rudolph's 2022 Choice Could Boil Down to 2 Teams
Nov 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

This one is markedly more realistic than anything to do with Odell Beckham.

Sources tell VikingsTerritory that Rudolph is somewhat disillusioned with his role in Tampa Bay. In 2022, the Buccaneers offense has targeted Rudolph twice. The ex-Vikings TE was a healthy scratch last weekend in Tampa Bay’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Too, the Vikings could afford to bolster roster depth at tight end, especially if Irv Smith is injured.

Keep an eye on the Rudolph reunion because there is reportedly an appetite for it on both sides.

Vikings Rumor Mill (cont.)

Rumor: Minnesota should trade with Cleveland for RB Kareem Hunt.

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt. © Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK. Browns Hof 17

A strange theory indeed, this recommendation came from CBS Sports, who explained the Vikings should “add RB depth” with the NFL’s trade deadline approaching.

Bryan DeArdo from CBS Sports recommended Hunt for such a trade and wrote, “Acquiring another running back, such as Cleveland’s Kareem Hunt, would bring versatility to the Vikings’ offense while helping keep Cook fresh for the stretch run. Hunt is a former NFL rushing champion who spent the past three-plus seasons sharing a backfield with Nick Chubb.”

This one won’t happen, as Minnesota doesn’t have the money, and it already employs Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Kene Nwangwu, and Ty Chandler. Running back isn’t a need.




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).