Mike Zimmer on Kyle Rudolph: “Sometimes business gets in the way”

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Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph may soon get the clarity he wants. But he may not like how it’s all clarified.

Coach Mike Zimmer addressed Rudolph’s tenuous status on Monday, with a message that didn’t start in ominous fashion but ended up there.

“I’ve had conversations with Kyle and quite honestly I really love all my players,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “We expect Kyle to be here but sometimes business gets in the way.”

The business as to Rudolph comes in the form of a $7.275 million base salary. In contrast, second-round rookie tight end Irv Smith will earn $5.798 million — over full four years.

From the day after the Vikings drafted Smith, rumors have circulated that Rudolph is available in trade. The Vikings may have no choice but to release Rudolph.

30 responses to “Mike Zimmer on Kyle Rudolph: “Sometimes business gets in the way”

  1. In 4th grade I told my teacher that I would never need to use the word “foreshadowing” in real life. Sorry teach, I was wrong again. He’s gone.

  2. 270 pound tight end, who turns 30 this season. Seems like an all-round great guy, but he just isn’t a game changing TE (ala Kelce). I think folks are off base on the Patriot connection, as Bellichick has assembled CHEAP huge blocking tight ends. NO WAY he gives a non-downfield threat, tight end $7M. That’s more of a Jerry Jones “win now, damn the future” move. Not Bellicjhick.

  3. It’s strange that Zimmer states, “we expect Kyle to be here but…” , when,obviously, the team has already informed Kyle to stay away from the facility until he is either traded (highly unlikely) or inevitably released.

  4. Wouldn’t it had made more sense to work with Kyle when he said he wanted to stay here and cut Griffin(bigger salary)?

  5. I said this would be an issue for veteran players when the rookie wage scale came with the last CBA. If youre not elite, you can be replaced cheap.

  6. Local paper today attributed to Branch Rickey: “trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.”

    Seems like a year too early to trade Rudolph.

    He’s an excellent and productive player and an all round good guy.

    The business decision is trade value.

  7. If Santa is looking to replace that 7MM it pretty much limits him to Dallas if anywhere. If he is willing to play for 3-4 Mil then that is precisely why Belichick has aquired so many CHEAP options so far…. and if you look at the WRs drafted / signed, the Pats aren’t looking for a downfield threat in a TE, they want an extra lineman to protect Brady that can also be a RZ threat

  8. I like how that picture shows him playing against The Patriots. You know, the team he is most linked to. Well played.

  9. i keep hearing the players should get all they can on there contracts . if you over pay for one guy then somebody else has to go. the talking heads don’t seem to get that part of the equation.

  10. Just saw Zimmer in a golf tourney on the local news. He apparently has worked hard and earned the donut eating championship among NFCN coaches. Wow.

  11. stellarperformance says:
    May 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    Just saw Zimmer in a golf tourney on the local news. He apparently has worked hard and earned the donut eating championship among NFCN coaches. Wow.
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    You should show more respect to the man that owns your HOF quarterback.

  12. Irv Smith is a solid backup TE because he’s a strong blocker. He’d be great in short yardage and goal line area where there isn’t a whole lot of space to run. He’s limited as a receiver. Rudolph is a great all around TE. You can compare the two guys’ salaries, but you can’t compare the two guys. Teams have a salary cap to work with, but you have to be smart about where you decide to save money. Unless they have another TE that I don’t know about, I’d be careful comparing these two players. If we were talking about Irv Smith Sr., it would be a different conversation.

  13. They’re not going to release him.

    The Patriots will pay their price sooner or later.

    This is a lame game of chicken.

    The Vikings will win it.

    Prediction: 2nd rounder.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    May 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    Just saw Zimmer in a golf tourney on the local news. He apparently has worked hard and earned the donut eating championship among NFCN coaches. Wow.

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    I would have loved to see Zim and McCarthy go head to head with a box Duncan donuts……..

  15. stellarperformance says:
    May 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    Just saw Zimmer in a golf tourney on the local news. He apparently has worked hard and earned the donut eating championship among NFCN coaches. Wow.
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    Did said contest take place before or after Aaron won the no handed sausage eating contest.?

  16. Irv Smith is a solid backup TE because he’s a strong blocker. He’d be great in short yardage and goal line area where there isn’t a whole lot of space to run. He’s limited as a receiver.

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    Somebody didn’t read the scouting report.

  17. I’ve always been disappointed in Zimmer & his inability to properly communicate with players. The old he just is straightforward tells it like it is M.O. isn’t really a foundation point to me. Only a couple players who previously played for him came to the Vikings as free agents & I can see why. They don’t like him. The Vikings were 5-0 & rolling & Zim cut the heads off of stuffed cats. That didn’t go over well @ all & the team fell to pieces. Then the next year after the MN miracle he chastised the team for getting lucky to win. WHO DOES THAT! Instead of saying this proves it’s destiny for the team to make the SB. He took all that momentum and hope & took a giant dump on it. Learned ZERO from his mistake with the cat heads & repeated it with the same disastrous results. Now he’s doing it again about Rudolph. I’m sorry but how much effort will Rudolph want to give the team now after Zim saying this. Probably not much. Zim’s mouth has been one of his major downfalls & the other is his inability to learn from his mistakes. The pieces are in place to make a run. Hopefully Kubiak will straighten this team out because Zim is not a good diplomat.

  18. Wisconsin Narcissists says:
    May 13, 2019 at 8:10 pm
    He can eat whatever he wants, the Packers have only beaten him once in the last 7 tries.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apparently he agrees with you. He must be celebrating the anniversaries of every one of those “SuperBowls” by consuming two dozen donuts.

  19. You mean this report?

    Smith has an excellent blend of size, athleticism, ball skills and toughness. He lines up inline, as a wing or split out. He has a nice burst off the line and is a fluid route runner. He tracks the ball naturally and has reliable hands. He uses his speed to create after the catch. Smith is more than serviceable in the run game. He primarily seals and stalemates, but there are flashes of nasty finishes. Overall, Smith should be a quality starting TE very early in his NFL career.

    arealisticpackerfan says:
    May 14, 2019 at 7:32 am
    Irv Smith is a solid backup TE because he’s a strong blocker. He’d be great in short yardage and goal line area where there isn’t a whole lot of space to run. He’s limited as a receiver.

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    Somebody didn’t read the scouting report.

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