Kyle Rudolph's contract basically kills all possibility of trade to Patriots

Tanya Simon
June 14, 2019

He's going to stay in Minnesota, which apparently intends to combine Rudolph with rookie tight end and second-round draft pick Irv Smith Jr. The new deal should help the Vikings open cap room for this season and give Rudolph a deal that will keep him with the team through the rest of his career.

Two months ago, at the start of the Minnesota Vikings' offseason program, Kyle Rudolph walked into TCO Performance Center bearing the weight of his own expectations entering his ninth year in the NFL.

He then confirmed via text to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he has a new deal with the Vikings. Adam Schefter tweeted that Rudolph's extension is worth $36 million over four years, but we have yet to learn how the extension affects the 2019 cap. A source said Rudolph's extension will "for sure" lower his salary-cap number but an exact number was not revealed. Giving everything I can possibly give, professionally and personally, to the greatest sports franchise and its Minnesota.

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"I am honored beyond words to say that my home, our home will always be in Minnesota", Rudolph wrote. "Now, nine years in, and under contract through my 13th year, I hope I'm the same way".

He also mentioned how the Vikings were so close to getting to the Super Bowl in 2017 and how that experience will motivate him even more for the future. The move, it seemed, was to trade Rudolph and go with Smith.

Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl pick in his ninth National Football League season, had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. It wasn't the biggest season, but it was still a solid all-around year.

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