Kyle Rudolph hopes for clarity on status with Vikings soon

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Tight end Kyle Rudolph‘s name was linked to trade discussions around the draft and the prospect of his departure from the Vikings cropped up again last week.

There was a report that contract extension talks between Rudolph and the team have broken down, which led some to speculate about a trade away from Minnesota as it would allow the Vikings to create some cap space at a moment when they have less than $1 million in room. Irv Smith Jr.‘s arrival as a second-round pick lent some support to the idea that the Vikings could part ways with Rudolph.

On Monday, Rudolph said that a move away from Minnesota is not what he or his family wants and reiterated his belief that the Vikings can play both tight ends effectively. He also acknowledged that the team is going to have to make some decisions in order to clear up the financial side of things.

“We’re in a tough situation as a team,” Rudolph said, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Can’t keep everybody, can’t pay everybody. Those guys, I know, are working really hard to figure out something.”

The Vikings start OTAs next week and Rudolph said he’d like clarity about his roster status as soon as possible.

40 responses to “Kyle Rudolph hopes for clarity on status with Vikings soon

  1. just re-sign the guy for 2-3 more years for half of what he’s making right now. He’s still decent, just not worth his salary.

  2. Welcome to NE after Minny put themselves into a cap hell. Cousins is not 10 mil per more than Keenum. Dumbest move I’ve seen since the Flacco contract, which ironically, is the trickle down effect of the Cousins contract.

  3. I’d rather keep Kyle Rudolph on board for a few more years over the rookie TE Irv Smith Jr, though I get why MN drafted Smith and are trying to move Rudolph due to their cap situation thanks to Kirk Cousins bloated contract. Being they can’t pay Rudolph what he is asking i’m assuming they’re putting him on the trade market, if that’s the case I hope Arizona picks him up. Rudolph would be a great addition to the TE room and give Murray another big target in the passing game who is a solid blocking to boot.

  4. Real tired of the Cousins contract getting blamed for the cap tightness on the Vikings. There are a lot of other players being paid a lot of money, too. You have Diggs, Thielen, Smith, Rhodes, Griffen, Hunter, among others.
    Fat money is going to QBs around the league that is going to impact their teams, too, but I don’t see anyone chiming in on their contracts. You guys don’t like Cousins. We get it; you’ve been real clear about it. Give it a rest.

  5. No way New England signs him. They already signed Jenkins and gave Watson a 3 mill salary.

  6. They will try to trade him but that 7plus million dollar contract won’t be easy to trade in the end they may have to cut him

  7. If they only have 1 mil in cap space its more than just Rudolph or Cousins’ contract causing the issues. Whether its Rudolph or some other player(s) renegotiating to take less, or getting cut, they’re going to have to do something regarding the cap.

  8. I say cut the guy now before training camp, give him a chance to latch on to another team. Dudes been a good rank and file for the org, But everyone knows he’s not worth 7.5. Let him prove it somewhere else; and use the cap savings to sign someone for the o line, or defensive back field.

  9. Someone somewhere told me the Vikings want to free up some space to possibly bring in Suh. Get Kyle on a friendlier deal, trade Trae and then you’ve got some $ to play with. I’d like to see Rudolph remain on the team, I think he’s still got a lot to offer.

  10. Vikings fans two weeks ago: Kyle Rudolph is a top tight end in this league

    Vikings fans now: Kyle Rudolph isn’t worth the price, he’s mediocre at best.

  11. Always seemed very reliable. I’m surprised how little some Vikings fans value him. Fansided lists him as the No. 2 TE in Vikings history.

  12. Rudolf has no trade value because Minny almost has to cut him, due to cap space. No dead money. Don’t see Rudolph or Gronk on the Pats this yr.

  13. It’s a young mans game and this proves it. Rudy has been a good player for the Vikings. Smith brings a few elements to the table than Rudy. Youth, YAC, and price tag. Rudy deserves the money but the decision is pretty clear.

  14. tedmurph says:
    May 13, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    Rudolf has no trade value because Minny almost has to cut him, due to cap space.
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    What you (and a few others) just posted is one of the most misguided opinions ever on PFT.

    We are all much dumber now for having read it.

    The Vikings do not have to cut Kyle, and they surely won’t be cutting Kyle.

    A trade might happen, but most likely he will be a Viking for at least the 2019 season.

  15. What would the Vikings get for a 30 years TE making $7 million this year, especially given everyone knows if they can’t trade him they have to cut him. 60+ catches, but ony 600 yards, very little YAC. I doubt they get a 5th round pick, I’d expect a 6th at best. Class guy though, always in the running for the Walter Payton man of the year award.

  16. I think it’s funny people think the Vikings would get a 5th or 6th rounder for him. With teams drooling for a pro bowl caliber TE we’re talking at 2nd or 3rd at worst. Either way, I think he will renegotiate and get a couple years extension with higher guaranteed money but a lower salary.

  17. What you (and a few others) just posted is one of the most misguided opinions ever on PFT.

    We are all much dumber now for having read it.

    The Vikings do not have to cut Kyle, and they surely won’t be cutting Kyle.

    A trade might happen, but most likely he will be a Viking for at least the 2019 season.
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    It would be nice if some posters backed up what they say with a cogent argument. Like I did.

  18. He’s well worth 7.5 Million a year but he doesn’t block well and his yards after catch are too low and yards after contact is non existent. His shoelace gets touched and he collapses like a house of cards. I think they keep him. They’ll cut CJ Hamm. CJ will be replaced on the roster by IRV Smith Jr. None of Ruldoph’s 7.5 Mil counts against the cap. If they cut Griffen half his salary counts against the cap because of the signing bonus they originally paid him. Treadslow all the $ counts against the cap so they won’t cut him either. Don’t be surprised if they trade Waynes or Rhodes.

  19. tedmurph says:
    May 13, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Rudolf has no trade value because Minny almost has to cut him, due to cap space. No dead money. Don’t see Rudolph or Gronk on the Pats this yr.
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    You want a cogent argument? Okay, here it is. The Vikings only need about $1.6 million in cap space. They can easily get that by converting a base salary to a signing bonus for one of their highly paid players. There is absolutely no reason why they have to cut Rudolph. He’s a big part of the offense and getting rid of him for nothing makes no sense at all.

  20. tedmurph says

    It would be nice if some posters backed up what they say with a cogent argument. Like I did.
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    You didn’t make a cogent argument.

    You claimed that Rudolph has no trade value and the Vikings have no choice but to cut him.

    Neither are true.

    There are many ways the Vikings can create the small amount of cap space needed to sign their last remaining draft choice.

    It could still be done with Rudolph or at least a dozen other players.

    It makes no sense to cut Rudolph and get absolutely nothing for him when there are teams in need of a veteran TE.

    I seriously didn’t think I would have to explain the obvious, but apparently I did.

  21. It’s not about signing draft picks. That’s peanuts. Less than 2 mil. But, teams go into the season with at least 5 mil in cap space, for injuries, etc The Vikes aren’t even close. Rudolph has no dead money and is overpaid. Prime guy to be cut. He has little or no trade value because he’s in the last year of a contract that overpays him, will be 30 this season, most rosters are nearly set and other teams know the Vikes have to dump salary and they can get him for nothing. We shall see.

  22. The Vikings are going to package Rudolph and 3 other players along with 3 first round draft picks and 2 second round picks to the Cowboys for Ezekiel Elliott. Don’t laugh, these dolts have done this before.

  23. Sounds like he’ll have options elsewhere. Minny should bight the bullet and trade him. Caps are not something to max out.

  24. tedmurph

    The Vikes ha0ve signed Bradbury, so their is no need to cut anyone until the camp cuts come in August.

    It would be extremely foolish to release any veteran player at this juncture.

    There is ample time for trades during training camp, which may or may not include Kyle.

    I, and many others, would like to keep Kyle on the team so we could run 2 TE sets. I truly feel that Kyle and Irv could create some serious mismatches for many of our opponents.

    I’m sure we’ll have adequate cap space created by the time the season actually starts.

    No need to panic in May as you were doing.

  25. I’m not panicking. I’m a Pats fan. The Vikes will either cut Rudolf(probably) or trade him for peanuts

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