Kyle Rudolph’s agent says he’ll remain with the Vikings

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The Vikings don’t have much salary cap space, and there’s been some talk that tight end Kyle Rudolph is a player whose salary they may no longer want to keep. But his agent says that is not the case.

“Despite rumors, the Vikings are not in negotiations with Kyle Rudolph, have not asked him to take a pay reduction and have told us explicitly that Rudy will not only be on the team this year, but hopefully for years to come,” agent Brian Murphy told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rudolph is in the final year of his contract, with a cap number of $7.625 million. That’s a price tag that some see as too steep.

But the 29-year-old Rudolph is a team captain who started all 16 games last year and caught 64 passes for 634 yards, and the Vikings apparently think he’s worth the money.

35 responses to “Kyle Rudolph’s agent says he’ll remain with the Vikings

  1. I think he is a very good tight end. I hope he plays for the Vikings for several more years & only for the Vikings. I also hope that he is open to renogiating a contract that helps the team with their salary cap challenges.

  2. Rudolph is in the final year of his contract, with a cap number of $7.625 million. That’s a price tag that some see as too steep.
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    Rudolph is paid spot on for his on field performance. If you want to point to an overpaid TE based on how much he makes compared to his lack of performance on the field you need to point to Jimmy Graham.

  3. All I’ve heard about the Vikings is that they want to keep everybody and nobody is getting a pay cut. That doesn’t seem realistic. Let’s hope they can renegotiate a few contracts and get some salary cap relief. I would be shocked if there weren’t some big moves coming.

  4. Surprised. 7m for 3 yard slow flat pattern route runner seems high. Good teammate and red zone helps

  5. The guy is a good dude. Walter Peyton Man of the Year candidate every year, but dollars and cents, this guy don’t make sense at 7+million/year

  6. First game against the Vikings Jimmy Graham had 6 catches and no TD’s. Second game Jimmy had 2 catches and again no TD’s. I can see why you come here to troll the Vikings. Jimmy did not score a TD against the Vikings last year.

  7. Need to restructure the contract of captain paranoid.

    Nice job throwing the ball 2 yards behind the marker on 3rd and 7, kirk.
    But hey, at least you actually hit the receiver who however didnt actually catch it cause he was getting nailed because the defender who read it perfectly unlike the other times when your pass is actually 3 yards away from the receiver and almost picked off!

    At least Ponder would say these things are correctable, Kirk doesnt seem to understand there’s anything wrong.

  8. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 10, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    Rudolph is paid spot on for his on field performance. If you want to point to an overpaid TE based on how much he makes compared to his lack of performance on the field you need to point to Jimmy Graham.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    I think Graham has only been in Green Bay for one season.

    Zimmer said the best is always to come in season two for new acquisitions. He said it, unless, of course, Zimmer is full of it.

    What do you think?

  9. packertruth says:
    March 10, 2019 at 8:10 pm
    Kyle Rudolph 9.9 yards per catch.
    Stefon Diggs 10.0 yards per catch.
    Jimmy Graham 11.6 yards per catch.
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    Graham stats: 55 rec, 636 yards, 2 TD’s, $12.6 mil cap hit in 2019
    Rudolph stats: 64 rec, 634 yards, 4 TD’s, $7.6 mil cap hit in 2019
    Diggs stats: 102 rec, 1,021 yards, 9 TD’s, $12.4 mil cap hit in 2019

    I’m sorry. Were you saying something??????

  10. fmc651 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    First game against the Vikings Jimmy Graham had 6 catches and no TD’s. Second game Jimmy had 2 catches and again no TD’s. I can see why you come here to troll the Vikings. Jimmy did not score a TD against the Vikings last year.
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    That’s only because we had Aaron throwing to him.

  11. Jeffrey Julian says:
    March 10, 2019 at 8:29 pm
    The guy is a good dude. Walter Peyton Man of the Year candidate every year, but dollars and cents, this guy don’t make sense at 7+million/year
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    Well…..let’s take a look and see if that is true. Right now, I honestly don’t know.

    -Rudolph is the 9th highest paid TE in the NFL right now. (Graham is the first!)
    -He had the 7th most receptions for TE’s last year.
    -He had the 10th most yards for TE’s (2 yards behind Graham).
    -Tied for 9th in Td’s for a TE.
    -Had Zero fumbles.

    The stats are in. And the stats say he is actually perfectly paid for his position and productivity. Now, if anybody would like to dispute said stats, I’ll be checking back later to learn what you have found.

  12. cribbage12 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 9:30 pm
    It’s what you gotta do when nobody else wants you. On behalf of the NFCN thanks Vikes!
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    Read my current posts. The stats do not lie. Rudolph is perfectly paid for his productivity. And, if you factor in his community work, he is probably underpaid.

    Now, would you like to review Jimmy Graham’s or Clay Matthews contracts???

  13. Hey, has anybody else mentioned that the most expensive QB was throwing to the most expensive TE in the NFL last year, and that team ended up being 6-9-1?

    Maybe some folks should go into hibernation until next season…..

  14. fmc651 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    First game against the Vikings Jimmy Graham had 6 catches and no TD’s. Second game Jimmy had 2 catches and again no TD’s. I can see why you come here to troll the Vikings. Jimmy did not score a TD against the Vikings last year.
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    Ya, but to be fair, Graham only scored against two teams last season.

    I mean, sure, 31 other TE’s scored more than he did last season, but not a single one of those 31 TE’s made more money than Graham!

  15. conormacleod says:
    March 10, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Hey, has anybody else mentioned that the most expensive QB was throwing to the most expensive TE in the NFL last year, and that team ended up being 6-9-1?

    +++++++

    Axxording to spotrac Gronk carried the highest cap hit among TE’s in 2018. Jimmy G of San Fran had the highest qb cap hit.

  16. Great teammate, great man off the field especially with all his community work. On the field I’d say he’s about on par for what he gets paid for production. Would like to see him play for extra yards though especially when a smaller cornerback is tackling him.

  17. When the Rudolph came out of Notre Dame I thought he was going to be VERY good, and he has done decent but I thought he was going to be more dynamic, the Viking fans can be happy with him and thats fine, but I look forward to see what Jimmy Graham can do next season, actually practicing with Rodgers unlike last year due to Rodgers injury, and his hand later in the season.

    I believe they will start clicking and will have plenty of chances for big plays in the new offensive scheme.

  18. I always disliked his poor blocking, although it has improved. The number one problem with Rudolph is the fact he has zero YAC in comparison to the elite TE’s. It’s like when he’s in a wide open space he’s looking to fall or get tackled and when he gets tackled the defender only has to barely touch him like graze his foot or shoelace. Vikings seem to have their players finish their contracts and then they’re gone. This is his year to do it. All the current sets of Vikings players, GM & Zim. Kubiak’s in place as a replacement.

  19. vikesfansteve says:
    March 11, 2019 at 7:13 am
    I always disliked his poor blocking, although it has improved. The number one problem with Rudolph is the fact he has zero YAC in comparison to the elite TE’s.
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    I’d like to see the stat. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but I find our eyes and memories don’t always know. Rudolph was top 10 in catches, yards, TD’s, and 9th in salary. Perhaps “getting open and catching the ball” isn’t all bad, even if his YAC could be higher.

  20. Ok, found the stat for YAC. Rudolph was 9th for TE’s in YAC for 2018. So again, he is exactly where he should be for his pay. I’ll go so far as to say I’ve never seen a player that is more perfectly paid for his productivity. Before I researched I also thought he should restructure his contract. Actually, he should not. He’s perfectly paid.

  21. Hey, has anybody else mentioned that the most expensive QB was throwing to the most expensive TE in the NFL last year,
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    No, why would they? Neither of those things is true.

  22. Kyle was looking forward to only playing 16 games this year, keeping himself healthy and not having to worry about the post season.

  23. Aaron Rodgers averages 33.5 million per year (79.2 million guaranteed).
    Kirk Cousins averages 28 million per year
    Jimmy Garoppolo averages 27.5 million per year

    Jimmy Graham averages 10 million per year
    Rob Gronkowski averages 9 million per year
    Kyle Rudolph averages 7.3 million per year

  24. rogerthat2424 says:
    March 11, 2019 at 7:40 pm
    Aaron Rodgers averages 33.5 million per year (79.2 million guaranteed).
    Kirk Cousins averages 28 million per year
    Jimmy Garoppolo averages 27.5 million per year

    Jimmy Graham averages 10 million per year
    Rob Gronkowski averages 9 million per year
    Kyle Rudolph averages 7.3 million per year

    pkrlvr says:
    March 11, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Hey, has anybody else mentioned that the most expensive QB was throwing to the most expensive TE in the NFL last year,
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    No, why would they? Neither of those things is true

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Don’t try to make sense to a green and yellow

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