Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
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Vikings' Rudolph celebrates 4-year, US$36M contract extension

Vikings' Rudolph celebrates 4-year, US$36M contract extension

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's a four-year, $36 million extension.

After rumors surface that a potential trade could be brewing for the purple and gold, the Minnesota Vikings have made a decision to hang on to longtime veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph. The veteran tight end got what he wanted - to remain in the place where he started his career in 2011 on a deal in which he doesn't feel like he's shortchanging himself ($9 million of Rudolph's new contract is fully guaranteed, a source told ESPN). But he's fine with that. "I said, 'My son just got drafted".

Kyle Rudolph is not yet prepared to leave Minnesota. We want to stay here. "But with their leadership, they're providing us with every resource imaginable to win now, but also to win for a long time".

What the Vikings want to do offensively can not happen without Rudolph on the roster.


With the Vikings drafting Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. with the 50th overall pick, there was speculation that Rudolph - who has spent his entire career with the Vikes - could be dealt.

Smith said Rudolph has been a mentor to him in his first 1 1/2 months with the Vikings. Throughout the offseason program, coaches have relayed the importance of the roles both tight ends will play in Minnesota's offense. "I watch Kyle as much as I can and he watches me". What seems most likely is that Rudolph will receive some of his guaranteed money through a signing bonus, which gives him the money now while spreading the cap hit out across his deal.

It may not necessarily be labeled a "Super Bowl or bust" year for the Vikings in 2019, but everyone involved with the organization knows next season will be disappointing if it doesn't end with a championship.

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