Kyle Rudolph still thinks “there’s a way” to remain with Vikings

AP

Kyle Rudolph and the Vikings still haven’t come to an agreement on the tight end’s future. The sides have discussed a five-year contract extension, Rudolph confirmed last week.

Rudolph has said he won’t accept a pay cut from the $7.5 million he is scheduled to make in 2019.

So where does that leave them?

After playing in the Nationwide Memorial golf tournament Wednesday, Rudolph updated contract talks with the Vikings. It does not sound as if the sides have made much progress.

They want me in Minnesota. I want to be in Minnesota,” Rudolph told Scott Hanson of NFL Media. “Unfortunately, the business side of things gets in the way. That’s a testament to the rest of our team. We have a lot of good football players on our team. They just can’t pay everyone. You can’t keep everyone. As of right now, we still think there’s a way. I said last week after OTAs that my agent and the Vikings are working extremely hard to find a creative way to make these things happen.”

The cap-strapped Vikings selected Irv Smith in the second round but obviously still have an interest in keeping Rudolph if they can afford him.

30 responses to “Kyle Rudolph still thinks “there’s a way” to remain with Vikings

  1. Rudy if you want to stay with the Vikings you need to stop being so prideful. Other players on the team are in their prime too and they are not getting the most that they could. Is a few million dollars worth what you would lose? If it is, then go get the money that you think is so important to you. Its your reputation & your legacy that you are creating, no one else is responsible for it or will wear it.

  2. His YAC is horrible and always has been. He is a class act with great hands, but I feel it’s time for him to just move on. He’s not worth that kind of money————–

  3. The best organization and facilities in the league has players wanting to be there and never wanting to leave. It starts at the top with the Wilfs. If anyone will find a way to keep a player they want to keep it will be the Vikings.

  4. I think it is time to trade him for at least a 3rd pick. This guy is on a decline unless he comes up huge this season to get a huge contract.

  5. packerssuckcheese says:
    May 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm
    I think it is time to trade him for at least a 3rd pick. This guy is on a decline unless he comes up huge this season to get a huge contract.

    —————————————-
    With that contract # and his stats I just don’t see us getting a 3rd, my guess is the best offer they have gotten is a 5th and that is why he is still on the team. They do want to run 2 TE sets with this offense so I think he is more valuable to the team than a 5th round pick.

  6. He caught the Vikings off-guard. They didn’t expect him to hold his ground and make them pay the contract they offered and agreed to. He makes it sound like the Vikings “plan” now is to simply see who, or if, anybody gets sidelined in training camp.

  7. He was the 7th most productive TE and he’s due the 9th best TE money. His stats were up with Cousins as QB, even with two different OC’s last year. But it’s interesting to hear everybody’s incorrect opinions about him.

  8. Yeah, Kyle, it’s called redoing your contract to give your team room to operate and sign other players after injuries occur.

    Rudolph doesn’t want to hear this, but he is NOT worth what his contract is scheduled to pay him this season. He can redo the contract and earn the money going forward, or he can be traded or released. The choice is his, but there is no way in hades he plays for the Vikings or any other team in the league with that cap hit. If he was worth that kind of money, he would have been traded before the draft.

  9. I wonder if the big deal is even taking a pay cut this year as opposed to how much he wants per year (and is guaranteed) in the supposed 5 year extension they have been discussing. They could convert some of this year’s contract amount to a signing bonus and spread it out over the renegotiated term, but I bet there is a pretty strong disagreement on the amount in those future years. I’m not sure the Vikes were really caught off guard given the fact that they drafted a TE in the 2nd round.

  10. Years back there was a guy named Latrell Sprewell who turned down a $21 million contract extension because he was “insulted by the offer.” His reason for turning it down has become an infamous quote, “I have a family to feed.

    Kyle, don’t be that guy.

  11. It the offeason, slow time, and while other fan bases are caught up in power rankings and filler opinion stories it’s kinda nice to watch a team deftly maneuver the cap to keep all its own players. It’s quite something to behold for the off-season. After all it is easy for any team to manage it’s cap when it has a garbage roster.

  12. One interesting note: There is a report in today’s Star-Tribune about how impressed the coaches are with TEs Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin, because they looked good during OTAs this week. I believe this is called “sending a message”. Is Rudolph listening?

  13. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 30, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    It the offeason, slow time, and while other fan bases are caught up in power rankings and filler opinion stories it’s kinda nice to watch a team deftly maneuver the cap to keep all its own players. It’s quite something to behold for the off-season. After all it is easy for any team to manage it’s cap when it has a garbage roster.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    So, the deft maneuvering by the Vikings is indicative of their garbage roster, because it’s so easy?

    OK. Whatever you say.

  14. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 29, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Both sides want it to work and Rob Brzezinski does some really creative contracts to get everyone under the cap. Some would say it’s almost magical.

    ++++++

    It would be considered more magical if his team won more than 8 games. Enjoy his services!

  15. Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 29, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    The best organization and facilities in the league has players wanting to be there and never wanting to leave. It starts at the top with the Wilfs. If anyone will find a way to keep a player they want to keep it will be the Vikings.

    +++++++

    The Vikings should start wanting to keep players who can actually win a playoff game. Novel concept.

  16. If Kyle really wanted to stay he’d be extended by now. Good to hear Smith and Conklin looked so good while Rudy was out of town. Buh bye, Kyle. See ya; wouldn’t wanna be ya.

  17. Nobody will trade for him, Minnesota wouldn’t get a 4 rounder unless they were lucky. Teams know if he doesn’t re-work he will be cut. Minnesota isn’t about to cut anyone for him,plus he has already been replaced with an unproven rookie.
    Rudy has already guaranteed his waver by refusing to rework his contract.
    He has decent hands but hasn’t been a huge offensive factor except 5 or 6 yards and no YAC. His biggest problem has always been he goes down without fighting for additional yardage. He is a good blocker which is the best part of his game. Cousins contract has really killed his chance of staying. It is about time the next NFLPA contract has a restriction on the salary for QB’s % of the total teams cap space. This crazy “I want to be paid the highest” QB thing, will kill teams and force MANY players out of the league.
    It has been good knowing you Kyle. wish you the best. He will make another team and get paid for one year then get cut, or accept less. It is funny ho many players stand firm with their teams to call their bluff only to be cut and make less than offered by their former team!

  18. I know this is off topic but at least there are Vikings fans’ here. The Vikings did not meet expectations last year after signing Cousins to a huge contract and then not addressing the glaring problems on the OL. The 2018 offense scored 360 points, 22 points less than the 2017 offense. The 2018 defense gave up 111 more points than it did in 2017 when it was one of the best in the league. After the season, the blame was placed squarely on Cousins. I think that the defense is more to blame and that expectations for Cousins were unfair considering the sad state of the OL. I like the moves the Vikings made this off season to fix the OL and I expect them to do better this year. I am more worried about the DL, wonder if Stephen is up to replacing Richardson and if there isn’t a depth problem on the DL–the DL and the defense as a whole needs Griffen and Hunter to be hurry the opposing QB and the DTs to clog the run game. The real problem with the Cousins signing is there’s too little money to fix other areas of the team.

  19. Rudolph is a decent but not explosive TE. His stats look good but he has never had the breakout year everyone expects.

  20. No reason to get rid of him. Even though he falls like a sack of potatoes after the catch if a guy barely grazes his foot. I used to think he was clumsy but he’s doing it for self preservation & to extend his career.

  21. He is under contract this year. Play like an all pro and force their hand. They will pay you then (somehow) rather than risk losing a great player to free agency, but you have to play like a great player. Take no plays off, give maximum effort every play, make every block, catch every ball sent your way. You’ll have your extension by mid season. But anything less and you lose your leverage.

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