Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Minnesota Vikings Ink TE Kyle Rudolph To 4-Year Extension

Minnesota Vikings Ink TE Kyle Rudolph To 4-Year Extension

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.

Given the Vikings' sudden glut of young tight ends and their tenuous cap situation, some surmised a Rudolph trade could open up both opportunities and money flexibility. The deal will keep him in Minnesota through the 2023 season.

Kyle Rudolph is not yet prepared to leave Minnesota. 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.

However, Minnesota and their longtime tight end figured out a way to agree to an extension and now he is under contract with the Vikings until 2024. However, the team's interest in Rudolph never matched the Vikings' asking price.

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Rudolph posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after signing the contract, titling it "Unfinished business".

Rudolph will enter this season with 386 career catches for 3,787 yards and 41 touchdowns. Giving everything I can possibly give, professionally and personally, to the greatest sports franchise and its fans ... in Minnesota. "And I am honored beyond words to say that my home, our home, will always be in Minnesota!"

A second-round pick (43rd overall) out of Notre Dame in 2011, Rudolph has played all eight of his National Football League seasons in Minnesota. "Now, nine years in, and under contract through my 13th year, I hope I'm the same way".

"I want to be a part of the first team to win a championship here", Rudolph said.

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