Kyle Rudolph: “No way” he’s taking a pay cut

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The Vikings are trying to figure out a way to balance the books, and Kyle Rudolph‘s desire to stay in Minnesota.

But the veteran tight end told Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he wasn’t prepared to take a pay cut to do so.

Rudolph replied “No way” to a question about taking less, and then added: “No I won’t, I am too young for that.”

The 29-year-old tight end is due to make $7.5 million this year, and the Vikings have had to restructure other contracts recently to sign draft picks to rookie deals.

There has been speculation about a trade, and Rudolph indicated there was interest from other teams, but moving him wasn’t anyone’s preference.

“I don’t think anyone wants to,” he said. “We want it to end right with me being here.”

The Vikings added some cover by drafting tight end Irv Smith in the second round, which only added to the possibility that Rudolph might not get his wish.

59 responses to “Kyle Rudolph: “No way” he’s taking a pay cut

  1. Very good hands can’t get separation from defenders anymore, average blocker. Vikings don’t have salary cap room for him, time to move on. Can’t sign everybody.

  2. Good for you Kyle–hope it works out!! Maybe Cousins will restructure to keep a guy that will be very important to his success this year. Irv Smith may be good in the future but 1st year tight ends usually not much of a factor. Tight end is one of the more difficult positions on the team to master.

  3. He’s not going to have a choice because he’s going to get cut. No way the Patriots are going to give him anywhere near $7.5M. $3-4M tops. At least he’ll get a ring.

  4. Him not signing for less simply for the privilege of playing for the Vikings is going to shatter many illusions.

  5. If anyone was wondering what the expression “cap hell” means, you’re looking at it.

  6. Vikes backed themselves into a corner with this one.
    Signed the contract, now having second thoughts.
    Doesn’t sound like the trade market has produced anything.
    If a team is interested they’re playing the waiting game to see if the Vikes just cut him and they can get him for nothing.

  7. If my team needed a tight end I would trade for the bucs cam brate. He is the only tight end to have at least 6 touchdowns in each of the last three years. And did that playing with Jameis Winston. So I would take his 7 million salary over Rudolph 7.5 million.

  8. The Vikings may make the tough decision, but he should not take a pay cut. I also thought he was overpaid. But then I looked at the production and salary numbers comparatively to other TE’s. He’s actually perfectly paid for what he produces. His salary is almost dead on when compared to other TE’s in the league.

  9. How could this be? I thought everyone on the roster would renegotiate in a second to stay on the most talented and best locker room in the league. How selfish is this guy?

  10. For those of you saying the Vikings in are “cap hell”, tell me, what very good to great players have they lost because they didn’t have the money? Yes, they are very tight on cap space, but I think most of you are exaggerating. They’ve kept who they want to keep, at a salary they want to pay.

  11. stellarperformance says:
    May 16, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Him not signing for less simply for the privilege of playing for the Vikings is going to shatter many illusions.

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    Amen. Privilege, playing for the vikings?

    ::spits out coffee::

  12. They can’t trade him because no one wants him at $7.5m. You don’t have a choice, Kyle. Take less or get cut. tick tock tick tock

  13. My only concern here is not if we keep Kyle Rudolph or not. It’s that we struggle to develop that position. We brought in several Heir apparent and its never worked out. If we lose him now, we have an untested rookie, and several blockers to replace him. He is under contract this year, so we can take our time to figure this out. So I don’t see us trading him unless someone really makes us a sweet deal.

  14. They would have been better off letting Barr go. And either signing Zach Brown as FA or trading for Darron Lee, both way less expensive and pretty good. They could have kept Rudolph, and added another decent piece to the roster (like Wisniewski as backup O lineman).

  15. Listen, Kyle, we really need to pay our mediocre QB, so would mind a few million less this year? Yeah, okay, I’m gonna need you to come in on Sunday, mkay?

  16. Not a Vikes fan, but I think there’s still domino to fall. Rudolph / Griffen both could go. The D slid last year. In order for Vikes to get back to where they were, that needs to improve. Gotta contend with Bears’ rise and a different approach from Packers.

  17. C’mon man, take the pay cut. Your totals has been going down and your on a decline. Put a clause in your contact for a bonus if you hit being a top 5 TE.

    As for the Vikings being in salary cap trouble, when you have tons of great players you have to spend to keep them. Seems there is some arm chair gm’s that couldn’t even run a peewee football team!

  18. I don’t blame Rudolph for thinking this, nobody wants a pay cut. Cousins needs the pay cut. These me first QB’s and they have plenty of them aren’t good for the NFL.
    The Forty-Niners ruined the QB salary situation for other teams with the signing of a back up that did very little in the NFL to a huge contract.

  19. Why are we still talking about this? The Vikings have signed all their draft picks. They are under the cap, even if by a whisker. They don’t need to make any moves. Is there some great free agent out there that they just have to sign who would be more valuable than Kyle Rudolph? It’s over, people! Kyle Rudolph will be on the team this year and will probably sign a contract extension before training camp. If they need a little more cap room, they can change a base salary into a signing bonus for somebody like they just did with Kendricks!

  20. With their being in “all in” mode to get Drew Brees another Lombardi, I think the Saints might find a way to pry him from the Vikings and pair him with Jared Cook. His addition would certainly solidify the Saints pass-catching corps, would give them another receiving weapon, and put them in position to finally get over the hump and return to the Super Bowl. I think giving up their 2020 3rd-rounder would get it done.

  21. Daniel Knudsvig says:
    May 16, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Very good hands can’t get separation from defenders anymore, average blocker. Vikings don’t have salary cap room for him, time to move on. Can’t sign everybody.
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    This comment is running over 90% thumbs up, even though the statement that the Vikings don’t have salary cap room for Rudolph is demonstrably false. Can’t sign everybody? Everybody has been signed. Who is left to sign? They’re under the salary cap. How is their no cap room? I feel like I’m in an episode of the Twilight Zone.

  22. By far, the most likely outcome is that he will be cut. Hoping for a trade and actually getting fair value are two different things. I’m not sure what the Vikings will do with another 7th round draft pick but that’s probably what they are looking at.

    Still, the Viking fans will claim that Cousin’s contract has not impacted the salary cap. That is only the second most ridiculous claim following the annual off season prediction of a Super Bowl win.

  23. Simple solution tell the one guy that has underperformed than anybody on the roster to take a paycut Kirk Cousins. You like Dat!

  24. Come one peeps! Let’s stop with the nonsense. Him not willing to take a pay cut doesn’t mean he’s not willing to restructure. He can get paid the same amount and still lower his cap number. It was a fixed question meant for the media to stir up a conflict. And if he were to get traded; no doubt other teams would ask the same of him – especially considering he only has one year left on the contract. Teams won’t want to do a trade for a TE if he’ll become a FA after one year; they’ll want the contract redone/restructured for multiple years.

  25. “With their being in “all in” mode to get Drew Brees another Lombardi, I think the Saints might find a way to pry him from the Vikings and pair him with Jared Cook”

    Because players will play for less just to be on the team you root for.

  26. packerssuckcheese says:
    May 16, 2019 at 9:52 am

    As for the Vikings being in salary cap trouble, when you have tons of great players you have to spend to keep them. Seems there is some arm chair gm’s that couldn’t even run a peewee football team!
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    The Vikings are in cap hell because they’ve desperately tried to resign and keep a roster full of mediocre crap.

    They’ve overpaid a bevy of “talent” that went 8-7-1 last season, as well as 1-6 against teams who were .500 or better.

    No matter how you sugarcoat it, it doesn’t bode well for their future and the rest of the NFC North thanks you.

  27. stellarperformance says:
    May 16, 2019 at 8:08 am
    If anyone was wondering what the expression “cap hell” means, you’re looking at it.
    ———————————

    Cap hell is if out of cap space and your roster still sucks like the Packers the last few years. The Vikings actually pay the good players they have drafted. Big difference.

  28. For all of you very very insightful Vikings fans who don’t understand your cap challenges, your team has about $2 million in cap room to cover the top 51. That puts you at 29th in the league. You have a single injury, to a key player, and you have almost no room to make a change.

    You’re also projected to be almost $20 million over next year’s cap if nothing changes. That’s accounting for any contracts that are expiring.

    So yes. You have cap problems. But you can stick your head in the sand and pretend you don’t.

  29. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 16, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Why are we still talking about this? The Vikings have signed all their draft picks. They are under the cap, even if by a whisker. They don’t need to make any moves. Is there some great free agent out there that they just have to sign who would be more valuable than Kyle Rudolph? It’s over, people! Kyle Rudolph will be on the team this year and will probably sign a contract extension before training camp. If they need a little more cap room, they can change a base salary into a signing bonus for somebody like they just did with Kendricks!

    —————

    Oh. So they won’t be looking to improve their team after cuts? This is the team they’re going into the season with?

    Yikes.

    5-11 if they’re lucky.

  30. Is he overpaid? The only real comparable in FA this year was Jared Cook who signed for for $8M this year. Other than Cook, none of the other FA had anywhere near Rudolph’s stats and guys you’ve never heard of or are surprised are still in the league are signing for $3-4M/yr. Rudolph in theory is in his prime. Why would he accept a pure salary cut? In his (agents) mind any extension needs to buy out that last real shot at a multi-year contract.
    Converting his $7.5M into a two year $10-12M deal makes great sense to the team but might not make sense to Rudolph as he may be forgoing a new multi-year deal w/ $10M+ in new guaranteed money plus the $7.5M he is due to be paid.

  31. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 16, 2019 at 10:05 am
    This comment is running over 90% thumbs up, even though the statement that the Vikings don’t have salary cap room for Rudolph is demonstrably false. Can’t sign everybody? Everybody has been signed. Who is left to sign? They’re under the salary cap. How is their no cap room? I feel like I’m in an episode of the Twilight Zone.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    From speaking with my Viking fan neighbors, there is concern they signed everybody they could afford, not necessarily who they wanted and needed. The O-Line additions are substantial but optimistically untested. Beyond that, same ol’, same ol’.

  32. That certainly is his right. It’s also the Vikings’ right to cut him. If they do cut him Rudolph shouldn’t whine about getting cut since he wouldn’t take a paycut. I’m not sure any team would trade for him now….why would they since they could sign him for nothing after he gets cut.

  33. Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 16, 2019 at 10:51 am
    Cap hell is if out of cap space and your roster still sucks like the Packers the last few years. The Vikings actually pay the good players they have drafted. Big difference.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Not much of a difference between a vaunted team and one that sucks, I guess. Since Zimmer arrived the Vikings won 47 RS games and 1 PS game. In the same period of time the Packers won 45 RS games and 4 PS games.

    You can say “but, but, but the Vikings beat the Packers lots and lots recently!”

    Nobody cares. The Vikings earned a few attaboy banners and their fans tasted the closest thing to a SuperBowl victory a few times.

    I’d better buy stock in confetti futures. The Vikings are going places!

  34. whatjusthapped says:
    May 16, 2019 at 10:18 am

    By far, the most likely outcome is that he will be cut. Hoping for a trade and actually getting fair value are two different things. I’m not sure what the Vikings will do with another 7th round draft pick but that’s probably what they are looking at.

    Still, the Viking fans will claim that Cousin’s contract has not impacted the salary cap. That is only the second most ridiculous claim following the annual off season prediction of a Super Bowl win.
    __________

    Nobody claims Cousins’ contract hasn’t impacted the salary cap. Every big contract impacts the salary cap. I do hear a lot of Packer fans saying Rodgers’ contract won’t affect their ability to sign players, even those his contract is bigger than Cousins’.

    And you clearly know nothing about salary caps because you say the most likely outcome is Rudolph will be cut. Ridiculous.

  35. Purple is for Pansies says:
    May 16, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Oh. So they won’t be looking to improve their team after cuts? This is the team they’re going into the season with?

    Yikes.

    5-11 if they’re lucky.
    ____________

    If they’re going to be 5-11 at best, what difference will it make to pick up some guy another team cut?

  36. 7th in production. 9th in salary. Seems like the Vikings are paying him about right. And, who the heck said “you can’t sign everybody so time to move on”? Ummm….he’s already under contract.

  37. Waffles says

    They’ve overpaid a bevy of “talent” that went 8-7-1 last seasom..
    ###

    The Packers paid Rodgers $80 mil in the first year of his new contract and only got 6 wins.

    And you claim the Vikins overpaid?

  38. Wafflestomp says:
    May 16, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Oh, So they won’t be looking to improve their team after cuts?
    _____(__
    When your roster is full of garbage and you try to fix it by quick fix over paid FAs I guess you look forward to seeing what other team’s cast offs you can pick up to help. Best of luck waiting to see how the Packers can improve themselves on cut day.

  39. He’s smart. At 29 he is young enough and has produced enough to get a decent contract on the open market. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sign a contract with more than $7.5 mill in guaranteed money if he is cut.

  40. Maybe if they hadn’t signed an average QB to a fully guaranteed monster contract they would have enough money to sign their draft picks.

  41. revelation123 says:
    May 16, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Maybe if they hadn’t signed an average QB to a fully guaranteed monster contract they would have enough money to sign their draft picks.
    __________

    All draft picks have been signed except a 7th-rounder who is waiting to hear his status from the Air Force. His contract won’t affect the salary cap anyway. Thanks for playing.

  42. “All draft picks have been signed”
    ——————-

    And they were forced to restructure deals to do it. Hence them not having enough money. Not only that, they still need more money for this upcoming season which is why Rudolph refusing to restructure is news in the first place.

  43. gtodriver says:
    May 16, 2019 at 1:14 pm
    Waffles says
    They’ve overpaid a bevy of “talent” that went 8-7-1 last seasom..
    ###
    The Packers paid Rodgers $80 mil in the first year of his new contract and only got 6 wins.
    And you claim the Vikins overpaid?
    =============================================================================
    Comparing Rodgers salary certainly doesn’t mean that the Vikings didn’t overpay for talent.

    However, I don’t think the Vikings’ have overpaid for their talent on an overall basis. Their coach has done a poor job of maximizing it. Taking a team from 13-3 to 8-7-1 with essentially the same defense and after stabilizing the QB position isn’t a positive reflection on the head coach, although plenty just prefer to give him a pass and are satisfied with his one playoff win in five years courtesy of the Meaningless Miracle.

    Despite Zimmer, I think that the Vikings are still more than a threat. If Kubiak and Zimmer can co-exist, as the Offensive and Defensive Head Coaches and the team can handle two chiefs, with Kubiak most likely answering to management and not Zimmer since he is anathema to the offense, the Vikings should win the division unless Trubisky makes some big strides. Zimmer won’t be able to get them to the Super Bowl, though. Too many better coaches.

  44. All the Cousins haters are great. Everybody hated Cousins from the start because he took the golden boy RGIII’s job and never gave it back. Admit it already. That being said….. what part of FULLY GUARANTEED do you all not understand???? He couldn’t take a pay cut of he wanted to. The NFLPA would never allow it.

    When you lose your 2 starting guards YOY due to injury or unexpected retirement, then your center misses all of preseason + the first 5 weeks. So you’re forced to kick a tackle in to guard, start a newly signed center, a would be backup guard on the other side, and a rookie RT…… no crap the Qb production will be down. The line was awful. The oline issue was NOT Cousins fault. He’s just an easy target for haters. Not every Qb is Brees / Rodgers / Brady. Does that mean all of the rest of them suck? Apparently the NFL teams without one of the few revered ones shouldn’t even try to compete.

    Huge Rudolph fan btw. Go IRISH!!!!! They should keep him this year. Try to extend to lessen the cap this year. The line play hurt his production too.

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