Kyle Rudolph's Vikings deal cuts off another Patriots' tight end option

Vikings put an end to trade rumors by reportedly signing Kyle Rudolph to four-year, $36 million extension

Following the agreement, Rudolph took to Twitter to share a message about staying in Minnesota.

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.

As of now, only some of the details of Rudolph's contract are clear. ESPN and NFL.com both reported that he landed a four-year, $36 million extension. On Tuesday, he signed a contract extension with Minnesota. That, however, is a big if. "I watch Kyle as much as I can and he watches me". According to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune, Rudolph has a fully guaranteed salary this year, and his 2020 salary is only guaranteed in the case of injury. The Vikings, giving its current cap situation, were in need of finding space to sign rookies and other players.

When the Minnesota Vikings selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the NFL Draft on April 26, it didn't seem unreasonable that the choice could spell the end of Kyle Rudolph's time with the team.


A former second round pick by the Vikings out of Notre Dame, Rudolph has earned the reputation as one of the best tight ends in the league.

Rudolph has been a huge piece for the Vikings' offense over the last few years. This conflicts with previous reporting that suggested his salary was raised along with the guarantees.

It'll be interesting to see how Rudolph's role evolves in this next phase of his career, as he crosses into his 30s when many players often start to see their production decline.

"The Patriots aren't about to give up a premium pick, and I don't mean a first-round pick, a premium pick for a guy going into the a year ago of his contract at this time", Schefter said Friday on WEEI.

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