Kyle Rudolph, Vikings agree to contract extension

Carrie Guzman
June 14, 2019

The veteran Vikings tight end reportedly received a four-year, $36 million contract extension Monday night, effectively ending any possibility of New England trading for him before the season.

Even less clear is how the Rudolph extension affects the 2019 cap for the Minnesota Vikings. Last year, he recorded 634 yards on 64 receptions and hauled in four touchdowns. If he sees something, he'll let me know, and if I make a good play, he'll let me know.

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"Marrying my wife and establish [ing] our Minnesota". Experiencing the birth of my 3 attractive children ... in Minnesota. Giving everything I can possibly give, professionally and personally, to the greatest sports franchise and its Minnesota. Plus, Rudolph's three most recent seasons are arguably the best of his career, so he should continue to play a vital role in the Vikings' offense. He returned to the Pro Bowl in 2017. Rudolph had entered the final year of his previous contract with a $7.25 million non-guaranteed salary, putting him at risk for being released after Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. was drafted in the second round. But the pressure that would put on Smith to perform immediately when rookie tight ends often face struggles might not be worth it. "It's something, an element that we've never had here in my nine years being here". That's part of the reason that they were tied to Rudolph in trade rumors, but nothing substantial ever came of that. "People always talk about creating mismatches - well, now they have five DBs on the field, and yeah, there's still mismatches, there's size mismatches, but now we can kind of control and do things how we want to do them".

Rudolph's contract negotiations played out after the Vikings selected Smith, sometimes in a public fashion, and the tight end sounded nearly sheepish Tuesday about how much time he'd spent in the news because of his contract status this spring.

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