June 11, 2019 01:43 PM
The Minnesota Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph have agreed to terms on a contract extension, keeping the team's longest-tenured offensive player in place despite a tight salary cap situation.
The contract is through the 2023 season, and a source confirms to KSTP Sports that the guaranteed money is slightly over $16 million. Rudolph's contract will create cap space for the Vikings this year, a goal that they needed to accomplish since they were less than $1 million under.
The Vikings announced the deal on Tuesday as minicamp began. Rudolph told reporters that this is where he wants to be, that he might've left money on the table not testing free agency in March. But he's fine with that.
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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.
Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl pick in his ninth NFL season, had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. He played in every game over the last four years. The native of Cincinnati and product of Notre Dame has spoken often about how at home his family has felt in Minnesota.
Associated Press/KSTP Sports
Updated: June 11, 2019 01:43 PM
Created: June 11, 2019 01:24 PM
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