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Vikings strike five-year deal with Kyle Rudolph


The Vikings have signed one of their core offensive players to a contract extension.

The club confirmed Sunday night it had reached a new deal with 24-year-old tight end Kyle Rudolph, who was entering the final year of his contract.

According to FOX’s Jay Glazer — who first reported news of the extension — Rudolph received a five-year, $36.5 million contract from Minnesota.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports the new deal makes Rudolph the game’s fifth highest-paid tight end.

Rudolph has hauled in 109 passes for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in three NFL seasons, all with Minnesota. The Vikings selected Rudolph in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Notre Dame.

“I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings,” Rudolph said in a statement issued by the club Sunday night. “I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal.”

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62 Responses to “Vikings strike five-year deal with Kyle Rudolph”
  1. bonnovi says: Jul 27, 2014 10:43 PM


  2. Stiller43 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:47 PM

    Sheesh – is that what an nfl average TE goes for these days? 7+ mil? This makes Jimmy Graham look underpaid.

  3. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 27, 2014 10:48 PM

    Jace Amaro > Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer aka Vikings TE

  4. LIBERAL JUSTICE says: Jul 27, 2014 10:49 PM

    All I can hear are birds dropping to the ground…oh wait those are Viking fans

  5. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jul 27, 2014 10:50 PM

    Dennis Pitta, Super Bowl Champion

  6. asgrimsnorrison says: Jul 27, 2014 10:50 PM

    I kept hoping he would get a lot of short touchdown catches so I could call him “Rudolph the Red Zone Tight End”. I guess an average of 5 a year isn’t bad, but not enough to push it…..

  7. haraldsigurdson says: Jul 27, 2014 10:50 PM

    He’s already made one Pro Bowl while playing with below average passing attacks. Look for him to have a big year this season.

  8. therealbigben says: Jul 27, 2014 10:50 PM

    Haha great signing queens.

  9. kodatrout says: Jul 27, 2014 10:50 PM

    Yuck….I mean great signing!

  10. coleman121280 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:51 PM

    good move.

  11. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 27, 2014 10:52 PM

    They guy averages 30 catches, 300+ yards and 2 TD’s a year and he gets overpaid that much? Only in SKOLOLOLLand!

  12. Straight Cash Homie says: Jul 27, 2014 10:53 PM

    Nice numbers for three seasons, or one of Jimmy Graham’s. Anybody thinking this kid is even remotely close to top tier status is nuts.

  13. sdsmooth says: Jul 27, 2014 10:54 PM

    Over-paying an average tight end. This is why the Vikings finish in last place every year.

  14. thebirdofprey2 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:54 PM

    That’s alot of money when his best game of his career was at pro bowl

  15. packsoldier says: Jul 27, 2014 10:54 PM

    $7 million a year for Bilgewater’s security blanket? Talk about overpaid.

  16. fantom21 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:55 PM

    He averages 35 catches, 300 yards a year and he’s going to be the 5th highest paid tightend..

  17. longcutskolvikes says: Jul 27, 2014 10:55 PM

    If he stays healthy, and that’s a big if, Rudolph will earn every cent of that contract. Skol!

  18. gayforbrady says: Jul 27, 2014 10:55 PM

    He should have been a buccaneer.

    But their GM had his head up his……

  19. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:00 PM

    If Favre was throwing him the ball, he would break every record in the books. Rudolph is that good.

  20. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 27, 2014 11:00 PM

    Calling Rudolph a Pro Bowl TE is only a joke that Vikings fans could actually try to float. He was a replacement after some TE’s dropped out and the only reason he was even a replacement player was because the other TE’s like Gonzales dropped out. Nevermind that other TE’s like Jermichael Finley had better seasons than he did that year.

  21. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 27, 2014 11:01 PM

    Those are john Carlson like numbers….

  22. GenXJay says: Jul 27, 2014 11:03 PM

    Antonio Gates seemed like a pretty good tightend under Turner. I suspect Kyle will dominate.

  23. axespray says: Jul 27, 2014 11:05 PM

    He’s got potential to be an awesome Tight End.
    He can block well – he looked good when Drew Brees fed him the ball (at the pro bowl, where no one on defense bothers to play).

    So … idk, makes more sense than Everson Griffen’s deal.

  24. rikker12 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:06 PM

    His numbers will go down, now that he signed his big contract!

  25. sdisme says: Jul 27, 2014 11:06 PM

    If I’m hiring Norv Turner as a OC, I’m paying my TE early too…

    Draft him in fantasy – pass on Jordan Cameron. JMO

  26. threedeep1998 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:10 PM

    He wasn’t a starter his rookie year and still managed to snag a few TD grabs. He was instrumental in 2012.

  27. chucknorrissinspiration says: Jul 27, 2014 11:10 PM

    I’m not a Vikings fan but in my years of watching football one observation I have is, Norv Turner uses TEs regularly(J novacheck, s Alexander, a gates, j Cameron, v Davis). He can also make a sub mediocre qb look better, or an avg qb look good. I see AP(norvs kind of work horse), c Patterson(playmaker), and Rudolph and that looks like a Norvable offense to me. So I say good signing by Minnesota.

  28. cribbage12 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:11 PM

    Vikings really know how to overpay pass catchers.

  29. duluthvikesfan says: Jul 27, 2014 11:12 PM

    One of the best players on the team! Very glad they got this done now. He would have been highly sought after if he made it to free agency after the season.

  30. vikes89allday says: Jul 27, 2014 11:14 PM

    When healthy Rudolph can be as effective as gronk!!

  31. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are football. We are God's team. says: Jul 27, 2014 11:19 PM

    Heath Miller is the best TE in the league and doesn’t go around begging for money.

  32. doe22us says: Jul 27, 2014 11:20 PM

    fantom21 says:
    Jul 27, 2014 10:55 PM
    He averages 35 catches, 300 yards a year and he’s going to be the 5th highest paid tightend..

    No wonder Julius Thomas is salivating.

  33. kilofox2014 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:23 PM

    I love all the Vikings fans…..even though they may not live here they take the time to read Viking news and comment on it. Thanks guys!

  34. teamnorsecore says: Jul 27, 2014 11:24 PM

    Great news! Look for Rudolph to have a great year in Turner’s offense this year. Looks like Pack fans are GMs as well because of who they cheer for……SHOCKING!

  35. edelmanfanclub says: Jul 27, 2014 11:27 PM

    At least they are paying for the future not the past. Its risky since Rudolph hasn’t had the best players around him, but this might end up a good deal if Teddy turns out good. Turner will get this kid 80 catches

  36. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 27, 2014 11:36 PM

    Great that they signed him before he blows up this year. If he would have made it to free agency, he would have gotten at least $8 million a year.

  37. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: Jul 27, 2014 11:37 PM

    Well, it’s hard to be a future Hall of Famer like Colt Lyerla so I guess Rudy will just have to live with his pay day.

    I heard Colt is struggling in camp. Odd since I remember the post about his signing was plugged with Packers fans predicting they had plucked a diamond from the rough.

    That’s why everyone hates your fan base. Soon as they put on green and gold you figure they’re just a step away from Canton.

    I like Kyle Rudolph, I hope this works out. He certainly has the ability and an offensive scheme where he very well may completely blow up this year. But he’s also injury prone, so who knows.

    Did you see that? That’s called realistic expectations. Put down the paint can once and awhile and you may think like this.

  38. gopats413 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:39 PM

    Seriously? A guy that averages 27 yards receiving a game just got a contract that averages 7 million a year?

    This guys agent deserves some sort of award.

  39. kgun80 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:39 PM

    Good TE but that’s a little much for his production.His agent is a genius.

  40. codythao35 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:45 PM

    Better than overrated, overpaid Nelson+Rodger little hands=0 win=0 super bowl dreaming packers

  41. codythao35 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:47 PM

    Some packer fans wish they have a tight end like Rudolph. In your dream is more likely.

  42. saxmachine69 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:53 PM

    Nice numbers for three seasons, or one of Jimmy Graham’s. Anybody thinking this kid is even remotely close to top tier status is nuts.


    Hmmm lets a make little comparison here. Drew Brees and Sean Payton to…… Christian Ponder and Bill Musgrave.

    Not saying Graham’s not better, that’s obvious. But anyone who thinks Rudolph’s numbers so far in his career are indicative of his talent on the football field aren’t watching Vikings football games. Rudolph will be to Jimmy Graham what Jason Witten was to Antonio Gates.

  43. tangysizzl says: Jul 27, 2014 11:53 PM

    Good signing, time will tell if hes overpaid or not but they got themselves a nice player for the next 5 years. Either you pay him or someone else will.

  44. touchdown26 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:19 AM

    Thanks Vikes for setting the bar for the 2nd best TE in the league (JT) to get paid. Now Elway tag (DT) or get a long term deal done so we can get this Superbowl party started. Go Broncos!

  45. Bridgeh2O4ROY says: Jul 28, 2014 12:29 AM

    Idiots! This guy is easily a top 5/8 tight end, with nobody passing the ball, when QB play picks up, he will earn every cent , good move

  46. tharris550 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:51 AM

    So many negative comments… He was paid a lot because he has a high potential. Don’t blame him for the Vikings brutal quarterbacks. He showed what he is capable at the pro bowl and was the MVP. Norv likes to work his magic on tightends, and the guy should have a good year.

  47. cheddarisbeddar says: Jul 28, 2014 12:57 AM

    Makes Jordy Nelson’s contract look extremely cheap.

  48. randomcommenter says: Jul 28, 2014 1:02 AM

    You’ve just valued 36 catches and 350 yard at $7.3 Mill per year.

    What happens if Cordarelle Patterson has the breakout season they expect and has like 1200 yards and 10 TD?

    They should have kept John Carlson who signed with the Cards for only $2.3 M per year. Carlson has nearly the same career stats as Rudolph.

  49. jimmysee says: Jul 28, 2014 1:18 AM

    Fantastic signing! Another piece in the formula that will lead the Vikings to the promised land (third rather than last in the NFC Central).

  50. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 28, 2014 1:30 AM

    And to think the trolls said Jody Nelson was overpaid but the one distinct difference is Jody has actually put up the numbers every year. Talk about poor cap management, keep embracing the suck!

  51. bassplucker says: Jul 28, 2014 1:35 AM

    Wow a lot of haters on here who clearly haven’t actually watched this kid play. He is basically uncoverable in the red zone. Get him a QB and and a smart OC and this contract will look like a steal two years from now.

  52. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 28, 2014 2:23 AM

    Graham over 1200 yards last season with a career average of 965 yards.

    Witten has been consistently good for a long time and has a career average of 891 yards a season.

    Rudolph had 313 yards receiving last season and has a career average of 351 yards a season.

    You can see how viking GM Rick Spielman has earned his reputation over the years.

    Keep up the good work Rick!! We love you as GM of the vikings.

  53. osiris33 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:31 AM

    Overpaid. Zack Miller is better.

  54. firerogergoodell says: Jul 28, 2014 2:36 AM

    I bet the Browns wish they would have locked up Jordan Cameron last year before Norv Turner started working with him… smart move Vikings!

  55. seatownballers says: Jul 28, 2014 2:50 AM

    6-10 is the goal

  56. coachbeck says: Jul 28, 2014 2:57 AM

    Grats to the Cincy boy

  57. RegisHawk says: Jul 28, 2014 3:09 AM

    The contract includes an escape clause for Rudolph, allowing him to ditch the Vikes and come to Seattle when he gets fed up with losing.

  58. irishlad19 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:31 AM

    He’ll need a QB who can pass accurately, not something the Vikes are known for, to make his incentives.
    We’ll see.

  59. 1952vikefan says: Jul 28, 2014 6:57 AM

    smart move by the Vikings 1 year in Turner’s offense and he’ll get big numbers and would have gotten even bigger money

  60. azvikefan says: Jul 28, 2014 7:59 AM

    Every time he catches a pass my wife sings “Run,Run Rudolph”.

  61. sonofad says: Jul 28, 2014 8:34 AM

    The only way you can afford something this crazy is if you plan on never having to pay a franchise quarterback.

  62. mediasloppy says: Jul 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    What a bunch of trolls. Every team has their best TE and it happens to be him. He is getting paid the same price as any tight end a team counts on from this point forward. It’s the price of doing business in 2014…

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