Kyle Rudolph to show up for OTAs today

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The Vikings and Kyle Rudolph continue to talk about a new contract, and continue to get nowhere.

But he’s at least going to continue to practice.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Rudolph is scheduled to be on the field with his teammates when the Vikings resume their OTAs today.

The veteran tight end was in New York yesterday picking up an award, so there’s still the possibility of airline issues making him late. But the intention is to be there, participating.

The discussion about his contract has been difficult, with the Vikings preference to do something which would drop his cap number this year ($7.625 million). They drafted tight end Irv Smith in the second round, and have had to restructure other veterans to get draft picks signed.

17 responses to “Kyle Rudolph to show up for OTAs today

  1. The way I understand it, if a player is under contract, he’s required to be on the field for OTAs. Rudolph is currently under contract, so why shouldn’t he be at the Vikings OTAs today?

  2. The Vikings need a TE that can catch/block and also has YAC. Rudolph is sufficient enough. The Vikings also need a better RB to pair with Cook because Cook can’t play more than 1/2 a year without being injured.

    Now could they get a replacement TE & solid 2nd RB with the 7.2 mil freed up trading or cutting Rudolph & the 2.5 still remaining from Kendricks restructuring. YES for sure.

    That may be the approach they take.

    Personally though, I would keep Rudolph & sign a TE to a 1 yr deal. There are other players the Vikings can cut or trade before Rudolph. CJ Hamm is no longer needed with IRV Smith JR. Waynes would probably be the one to go because the Vikings took care of everyone else on the D making them long term but not Trey. So he’s the one who will go. They could get the Cards for a high draft pick right now & they should do it.

  3. The Patriots have had discussions with the Vikings about a trade for Rudolph. Why are we having discussions? I know we need money but damn. This just shows you how much of a joke we really are. We are thinking of giving our TE position this season to a untested inexperienced rookie, behind him would be David Morgan and Conklin who was a total flop as a rookie last year. Real great plan Zimmer and Spielman! This would really help a already very suspect offense.

  4. The guy is a team player and a class act. Contract extensions are a business decision and he and the Vikings simply disagree on what his services are worth. But I don’t see him letting this become a distraction. I am one of those people who think he might be worth a lot less than he thinks, but I would love to see the Vikings extend him if the price is right.

  5. PFT said {{{They drafted tight end Irv Smith in the second round, and have had to restructure other veterans to get draft picks signed. }}}

    They restructure one contract and his name was Eric Kendricks, and they still have around 3 million left after signing all of their rookies and without making other restructure ~ They have one of the best cap guys around in Rob Brzezinski who has said he will make more moves if and when they need too ~

  6. I was going to call my boss today to tell him I was going to hold out from working today. I then came down to earth & realized I don’t have a contract, I’m just a regular working schmuck.

  7. The Vikings have signed everyone they need except DT to replace Richardson & a backup RB to replace Murray. The only reason to get rid of Rudolph would be if they don’t like how things look with the team they have right now.

  8. You guys don’t pay attention. The Vikings have no reason to get rid of Rudolph. They have 2.5 Million in cap space. More than NE. They have no need to sign anyone. Their only unsigned draft pick is the 7th round and doesn’t count against the cap. They are set at every position.

    The only 2 spots of concern are defensive tackle & backup RB. The only reason to get rid of Rudolph would be to free space to find a FA DT or RB. Why would they get rid of Rudolph, it makes no sense.

  9. notice how he’s having a contract extension dispute with the team but still shows up and honors his contract to the world class organization?

    unlike other teams where you have to give out million dollar bonuses just to get them in the door to lift weights, pathetic really. just like their ownership. oh, but lets turn on the history channel to hear about how great the were. hence the past tense.

  10. Frazier28/7 says:
    May 22, 2019 at 11:17 am
    notice how he’s having a contract extension dispute with the team but still shows up and honors his contract to the world class organization?

    unlike other teams where you have to give out million dollar bonuses just to get them in the door to lift weights, pathetic really. just like their ownership. oh, but lets turn on the history channel to hear about how great the were. hence the past tense.

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    And the Vikings can’t even do that!

  11. vikesfansteve says:
    May 21, 2019 at 9:14 pm
    The Vikings have signed everyone they need except DT to replace Richardson & a backup RB to replace Murray. The only reason to get rid of Rudolph would be if they don’t like how things look with the team they have right now.
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    Shamar Stephen and Alexander Mattison. Already replaced both positions.

  12. I can’t wait to see what kind of havoc we can wreak with two TE’s highly skilled at blocking and catching. Along with two top-10 wide receivers and a pass-catching RB (assuming Cook finally meets his potential this year) and it’ll be a pretty dangerous offense if the line can at least be decent this year. If we employ 2-TE sets I’m going to be pretty excited to watch this offense.

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