Report: Vikings, Kyle Rudolph cut off extension talks

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The Vikings said that drafting tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of last month’s draft was not a sign that they were pushing Kyle Rudolph off the roster, but a parting of the ways may be in the cards.

Rudolph is in the final year of his contract and he had been talking to the Vikings about an extension that would extend that stay. An extension would likely lessen Rudolph’s $7.625 million cap hit for the 2019 season as well, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that talks about a new deal broke off on Friday.

The need to clear cap space was related to reports that the Vikings were fielding calls about trading Rudolph and other veteran members of the team, but General Manager Rick Spielman downplayed the seriousness of those discussions.

Friday’s development will likely lead to another round of calls to Spielman from teams interested in Rudolph and it could lead to a different answer from the Vikings.

63 responses to “Report: Vikings, Kyle Rudolph cut off extension talks

  1. I think Kyle is a solid player. Put him with Drew Brees or Tom Brady and he catches 12-14 TDS this year. And as always in the NFL, if the Vikings can get the right stuff in a trade ya gotta do it.

  2. Vikings do need to save money. Rudolph has been more valuable to the Vikings as a good citizen/community goodwill ambassador than as a football player. While that has value, it’s probably not worth $7.625 million.

  3. He has virtually no trade value, who ever makes the trade has to take on his contract ($7.6 million for a total of 4 TD’s last year) and agree to give up draft capital. The only way it might happen is if a team is rich in back up offensive lineman loses its starting TE and would consider a player for player trade. The Vikings would never turn down an offensive lineman and with good reason, they don’t have any right now.

  4. Believe me..Rudolph USED to be good but last year he disappeared for weeks at a time….not sure if it was him, or the terrible play calling by the Vikings, or the poor QB play, but whatever Rudolph will be moving on from the Vikings.

  5. Let me guess He will be asked too be traded too jets than as soon as they agree he will back out and stay a Viking for less money cuz oh yeah we all forgot how much winning the Vikings do and how great it is too be a Viking.

  6. He’d be great in a Steelers uniform. Pair him w/ Vance and Ben will have a TE arsenal he has lacked since Heath Miller hung up his cleats & pads. Would love to see Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin pull the trigger on a move such as trading a 2021 5th or 6th for him and giving him a modest 2 or 3 year extension w/ more upfront guaranteed money & a small raise for 2019. Kyle has been a solid to good NFL TE his entire career thus far and still has lots to offer with at least a few prime yrs of his career remaining and plenty of gas in the tank. Anyone discrediting him or saying he has no trade value whatsoever are merely biased or just simply asinine and delusional altogether.

  7. Rudolph is one dimensional. He’s a major liability in the run game and the WR bubble screen action. If people watch more than just the catches,great hands but no YAC, he makes it no surprise that they NEEDED a downfield TE that will be a matchup problem (Smith Jr.). Morgan is the best inline blocking TE on the roster, but not a threat down the field. Rudy is simply expendable.

  8. Kyle by all accounts is a great guy and If he does go he will leave with most fans best wishes. I think he was unlucky that in his peak years the offense the Vikings ran meant he was having to do a lot of the dirty work that helps the team but doesn’t show up in highlight reels.

  9. Well, if the Vikings and Rudolph do end up parting ways, at least we’ll always have the fond memories of those…….of……of those……….Yeah, I got nothing!

  10. Born, grew up, and educated in Cincinnati.

    Come back… “we” need a real tight end.

    Bengals 2nd rounder Drew Sample is a better receiver
    than his terrible Washington statistics (467 yards – 5 td in 31 games).
    Washington QB Jake Browning isn’t hot garbage… but… he appears to be
    room temperature garbage.

  11. filthymcnasty3 says:
    May 10, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    A lot of people don’t know this, but Kyle is tied for the Viking all time lead in Superbowl rings at 0.

    ______________________

    The real question you should be asking is how many Superbowls the Packers SHOULD have won in the last 25+ years with the 2 QB’s they’ve had.

  12. This is apparently a pretty controversial opinion but there’s no way the Vikings are trading Rudolph unless they get an unbelievable offer. This is a team trying to win now and trying to get the most out of a QB they gave $84 million. Why would they get rid of one of his weapons? Irv Smith is not ready to take over as the starting tight end and Kubiak wants to play two tight ends anyway. Use Rudolph for this season, trade him before the deadline if things aren’t going well, and let him walk after the season while collecting a compensatory pick.

  13. Think they gave BWatson a 1 yr 3 mil deal. Not sure how much is guaranteed. Rudolph would solve the only real hole on a loaded roster.

  14. Wafflestomp says:
    May 10, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Well, if the Vikings and Rudolph do end up parting ways, at least we’ll always have the fond memories of those…….of……of those……….Yeah, I got nothing!
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    For me, it’ll be him crying while reading thank-you letters from all the kids and families he has changed in so many ways you probably wouldn’t understand.

  15. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    May 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    Ranked 41 of all NFL TE per PFF in 2018. Marginal reception ability. Weak blocker. Smart move by Vikes.
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    What doesn’t show up on PFF is what he means in the locker room and in the community. By all accounts he is a great teammate and a great citizen. I hope both sides can work it out, but in reality for over 7 million a season that $ could be spent on signing Bradbury and injury insurance for the season. I hope cooler heads prevail because I would like to see what this offense could do with 14,19, 82, 84 & 33 on the field.

  16. “The real question you should be asking is how many Superbowls the Packers SHOULD have won in the last 25+ years with the 2 QB’s they’ve had.”

    Well, they got 2 more than the Vikes did in that time period.

  17. People don’t seem to understand how easy it is to convert part of a base salary to a signing bonus on a player like Rhodes or Joseph to open up cap space. There is no need to trade or release anybody just so you can save enough money to sign Bradbury.

  18. mediasloppy says:
    May 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    May 10, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Well, if the Vikings and Rudolph do end up parting ways, at least we’ll always have the fond memories of those…….of……of those……….Yeah, I got nothing!
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    For me, it’ll be him crying while reading thank-you letters from all the kids and families he has changed in so many ways you probably wouldn’t understand.
    ••••••••••••

    Yes, I do believe that Kyle Rudolph is the very first professional athlete to ever give his time and energy to a charity and be touched by it.
    What an inspirational post. Thank you.
    Viking fans are so tone deaf that it’s actually hilarious.

  19. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 10, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    People don’t seem to understand how easy it is to convert part of a base salary to a signing bonus on a player like Rhodes or Joseph to open up cap space. There is no need to trade or release anybody just so you can save enough money to sign Bradbury.

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    People don’t understand that no matter how much they *wish* it were true, not one person associated with the Minnesota Vikings is a magician.

  20. Kyle is a great guy on and off the football field. Unfortunately, he is not a good enough football player on the field to command that kind of salary. I don’t know if it is him or his agent, but this has gotten out of hand. Cut him and move on. Should have drafted Wesco, too!

  21. mediasloppy says:
    May 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    May 10, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Well, if the Vikings and Rudolph do end up parting ways, at least we’ll always have the fond memories of those…….of……of those……….Yeah, I got nothing!
    ————

    For me, it’ll be him crying while reading thank-you letters from all the kids and families he has changed in so many ways you probably wouldn’t understand.
    ************************
    Oh please, give it a rest. Lots of athletes do a great many charitable things. Viking players aren’t the first. Stop embarrassing yourself.

  22. darkneptune73 says:

    The Cousins’ contract is royally screwing over the Vikings and it gets worse in 2020.
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    I get tired of seeing people post this crap.

    Cousins contract is a fraction of what other QB’s are getting. That $84 million was spread over 3 years. Rodgers got $80 mil in the first year of his deal – and both deals were signed last year.

    Wait until you see how bad Rodgers deal looks in 2020, 2021 and 2022 when the bulk of the $80 mil gets counted.

    The Vikings have locked up almost all the most important players from the last few years to new contracts. As Rob pointed out in his post, they can easily modify one or two contracts to get Bradbury’s deal done in the near future.

    There is also the possibility of some of the new draftees and undrafted FA’s performing well enough to make some higher paid veterans expendable before the end of training camp to add flexibility during the season.

  23. According to Spotrac the Vikings are currently $17 million over cap with Rudolph, that is going to be a lot of contracts to convert to singing bonuses and kick down the road with 2020 also being $17 million (probably more like $5 million with the usual increase in cap). His trade value might be a 7th rounder since the rest of the teams know the Vikings cap issues (Though I could see the Saints with a 3rd, 4th or 5th), they really are in a bind and most likely will dump several of the veterans that don’t have deadcap hits and replace with cheap rookie free agents along with trading or cutting Rudolph. Next year is not as bad as they can cut Rhodes, Reif and Joseph with out massive dead cap hits and should be the last year of Cousins.

  24. bobmillion

    that’s because you’re looking at the entire current roster of players, not the final roster. many of those players won’t make the team and therefore, won’t be paid.

  25. Outpost31 says:
    May 10, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Oh please, give it a rest. Lots of athletes do a great many charitable things. Viking players aren’t the first. Stop embarrassing yourself.
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    You’re embarrassing yourself. When some troll makes a comment about a player having no meaning or making any impact you have just proven my post correct. Lots of players make an impact and I applaud them reguardless of what team they play for…

  26. bobmillion:

    the vikings currently have 90 players on their roster. Many of them are undrafted players or previous practice squad players. 53 will make the team and count against the cap. So almost HALF of those salaries Spotrac is taking into account will be cut. Their actual cap space is about $1 million.

    if you’re going to try to sound like you know what you’re talking about, maybe READ details first.

  27. bobmillion

    everything. absolutely everything, about your post in wrong. completely wrong. i’ve never seen such a lengthy post that is trying to sound factual with numbers but has them all so horribly wrong. you weren’t even close. thanks for playing.

  28. Spielman is in love with draft picks, so the fact they didn’t trade Rudolph during the draft means they had no offers they’d take serious.. I don’t know his value, but I imagine it’s in the ballpark of a 5th round. He’s got a great reputation, good team guy, and isn’t slowing down visibly, but he’s also heading past his prime.

  29. People freaking out about the amount on Cousins contract make me laugh. Case Keenum had one good year, which wasn’t even as good as it looked, and grabbed $18,000,000 a season. Any QB who is considered pro bowl quality will be making $30,000,000 by 2022. So give it up with the sticker shock on his deal. It’s not that much relative to the league. It’s a disgusting, eyeball popping figure to give to a RB, CB, WR, etc, but for a QB, averaging 28 mill per season is only about +/- 20% the average cost of a Pro Bowl caliber QB..

  30. gtodriver says:
    May 10, 2019 at 5:55 pm
    darkneptune73 says:

    The Cousins’ contract is royally screwing over the Vikings and it gets worse in 2020.
    ###

    I get tired of seeing people post this crap.

    Cousins contract is a fraction of what other QB’s are getting. That $84 million was spread over 3 years. Rodgers got $80 mil in the first year of his deal – and both deals were signed last year.

    Wait until you see how bad Rodgers deal looks in 2020, 2021 and 2022 when the bulk of the $80 mil gets counted.
    ___________

    It’s a little silly that you say something as ridiculous as Cousins’ deal is just a fraction of what other QBs are getting, and then you just cite Aaron Rodgers’ contract.
    The fact is, Cousins has one of the most lucrative contracts in league history, for a player with a history of underwhelming play.
    All of your fellow Barneys have every right to be concerned.

    As for how bad the Rodgers deal will look in the next few years, it’s truly a matter of opinion.

    2019 Cap Hit: 26,500,000
    2020 Cap Hit: 32,600,000
    2021 Cap Hit: 33,500,000
    2022 Cap Hit: 37,000,000 (Though the Packers could opt out by absorbing just an 11,500,000 Dead Cap Hit)
    2023 Cap Hit: 25,500,000 (0 Dead Cap Hit)

    All of these numbers are more than manageable with the salary cap increases that are expected.
    And Rodgers deal didn’t hamper the Packers one bit in their pursuit of free agents.
    While the Vikings desperately tried to resign as much of that 8-7-1 talent they could.

    Granted neither QB necessarily did enough to warrant their salary increases in the first year of their deals, at least one of these two have a history of beating .500 or better teams.

  31. Where is “Alan Light” with his almighty proclamations about what a “world class organization” the vikings are and how players take drastic pay cuts to stay there? Seems to be conveniently missing.

  32. Why does everything think everyone wants to play for NE? They don’t you know. Some people actually want to play competitive teams before they call themselves great.

  33. I like Rudolph as a player, and even more as a person and role model. That said, there is no justifying paying him that amount money in 2019. He has good hands, and is a reliable pass catcher, but he lacks Smith’s athletic ability and elusiveness. Smith is going to add a dimension which the offense currently lacks.

    I wish the Vikings could keep Rudolph, but if he’s not willing to redo his contract, it’s best to start fielding trade offers and see what you can get for him.

  34. I think that Rudolph wants to try his hand at free agency but the Vikings are going to keep him this year. They wanted long term but this will work out better for both sides to see how he works along with Irv before deciding long term. He gets very little YAC if contact is made. He’s trained himself to fall immediately at the slightest touch. Maybe for self preservation or a long career. Whatever it is I’ve never cared for it. He’s not a great blocker either.

  35. Agreed, if they are used in a 2 tight end set, one of them should be able to make a play, especially if the O-line improves to give Cousins a little more time. Too bad Rudolph goes down like a sack of potatoes though with one little hit. They might end up getting rid of him one way or another & just use the other two tight ends they have.

  36. vikesfansteve:
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    Agreed, if they are used in a 2 tight end set, one of them should be able to make a play, especially if the O-line improves to give Cousins a little more time. Too bad Rudolph goes down like a sack of potatoes though with one little hit. They might end up getting rid of him one way or another & just use the other two tight ends they have.

  37. Way to play to the packer fan sterotype there Waffle. How many times can you say “history” in a post? Then again that’s all you have to reference now in regards to your Charmin soft team and QB, he WAS good – now just a injury prone whiner.

  38. Vikings want to run the ball that could make Rudolph’s production to go down. At $7 plus million a year with Cousins contract. But teams know Rudolph is in his final year of his contract. They aren’t going to give up anything worth trading for. Why trade him for a 4th round pick?

  39. One thing I’ll say about the Vikings is that they let go of their veterans at exactly the right time. Jared Allen, let go. Had 2 mediocre seasons on two different teams and retired. AP, let go. Had a disaster of a season on two different teams and then managed to rebound last year. We’ll see what happens next with Guice in place. Brian Robison, restructured and took a backup role then released. Sat out a year and then retired. Everson Griffen just started down that same path with his restructured contract. Alex Boone, Greg Jennings, cut at just the right time. I hate to say it, but I would be sad but not shocked if Rudy was the next name on that list.

  40. Seems clear to me he will go to NE in a minor trade. I could see the Vikings being offered two late-Round Picks, (like a 7 + a 6) for Kyle. He can be a very useful addition in NE, and it makes sense to move him in a deal rather than cut him for nothing.

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