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Vikings TE Rudolph: 'It’s not an easy cut — they like me, I like them, we want to stay here'

May 13, 2019 03:48 PM

Kyle Rudolph told us Monday he'd like clarity soon about his future with the Vikings. It was Friday that talks broke down between the Vikings and Rudolph's agent about an extension -- word is that the sides weren't close. The Vikings still need to create cap space to sign top draft pick Garrett Bradbury.

***Click on the video box on this page to see Rudolph's comments to reporters***

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Rudolph talked to the media at Mike Zimmer's charity golf tournament at Bearpath.

The Pro Bowl tight end is due $7.625 million, none guaranteed, in the final year of his contract.

Rudolph, 29, stated a few times his desire to stay with the Vikings but said a quick resolution, regardless of the end result, is what he and the team want.

"Sooner rather than later," Rudolph said. "I don't want to be dealing with this come OTAs (start May 21), training camp, minicamp. So, the sooner the better. I think that's for both parties. I think the Vikings want clarity; I think we want clarity. Yeah, sooner the better.

"Last week would've been great, too. Obviously, it's a difficult situation and a lot of complex things go into it. That takes time. It's not an easy cut - they like me, I like them, we want to stay here - it's just not how it works."

Zimmer added one comment, acknowledging that business can get in the way. In this case it could get in the way of Rudolph finishing his career with the team that drafted him.

The Vikings have Rudolph's logical replacement in second round pick Irv Smith Jr. However, Rudolph made the point that him and Smith Jr. can easily co-exist, and can create matchup problems for defenses.

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