Kyle Rudolph’s “four-year, $36 million” extension is short on details, for now

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The news came in the form of a tweet from the player, one that initially didn’t make it clear that he’d signed a new contract to remain in Minnesota. Then came multiple reports that tight end Kyle Rudolph signed a four-year, $36 million extension.

Then came nothing more. No information about guarantees or signing bonus or cash flow or anything that would shed light on the real value of the deal and (more importantly for the Vikings) the amount of cap space it creates in 2019.

With Rudolph already due to make $7.25 million in 2019, the last year of his prior deal, it’s a five-year, $43.25 million contract. That’s an average of $8.65 million per year at signing, but it still doesn’t shed light on structure, which in turn makes it impossible to assess whether it’s, as a practical matter, a one-year deal, a two-year deal, or a three-year deal.

Typically, agents crow when they can. When they don’t crow, the implication becomes that there’s nothing about which to crow. One way or the other, the details of Rudolph’s deal will emerge — typically after attention of the media has turned to other things.

For now, it’s fair to wonder what kind of commitment the Vikings actually made to Rudolph, especially since they’ve already drafted his potential replacement, in 2019 second-rounder Irv Smith.

24 responses to “Kyle Rudolph’s “four-year, $36 million” extension is short on details, for now

  1. It sounds like this time it might really not be about the money, sort of like AJ Hawk in Green Bay a few years ago. Good for him. He’s right, Minnesota is a great place to live and he and his family are content. Sometimes the important stuff actually is most important.

  2. It will be interesting to learn the details.

    But I was confident that Rudolph and Spielman would work this out. The deal must push some money into the later years of the deal. If the two TE combo of Rudolph and Smith is successful as many think it can be, it will be worth it.

  3. Count me as surprised by this. I’m glad Rudolph is staying, but that contract is ridiculously overpriced. If Irv Smith pans out, Rudolph won’t come close to playing out that contract.

  4. Why does Florio sound disappointed? I guess a simple extension isn’t as exciting as a team cutting one of its main players. He’s getting paid what he is worth. End of story. Let’s play some ball.

  5. If it is 4 yr $36 million which would be $9 mill/year, this will be a bad deal. He isn’t worth it unless he plays lights out this season. Plus his replacement is right around the corner in Irv! Hope I am wrong but this team might have made its first mistake in resigning a player such as this.

  6. Wasn’t I told over and over that the Vikings had no choice but to cut Rudolph or trade him for minimal value? Didn’t I get a lot of thumbs down when I said he would be signed to an extension before minicamp? Doesn’t “cap hell” mean you can’t sign the players you want to sign?

    I don’t know any details, but I can tell you that this is a fair deal for both sides. This will be structured so the Vikings get cap relief this year and can get out of the deal easily in a couple of years if they want to. Rudolph is getting more guaranteed money and can stay in the place he wants to be.

  7. The problem with kicking the can down the road is there is a day in the future when the bill becomes due.

    Spielman’s perspective is simple, he signed Cousins for more money than Cousins is worth and his job future is dependent on Cousins. So the heck with long term planning, let’s see if Spielman’s lack of cap management can be pushed down the road and it is seen here in Rudolph’s extension. For whatever cap relief the Vikings might get in 2019, the price is to be paid later on.

  8. I don’t know any details, but I can tell you that this is a fair deal for both sides

    ++++++++

    Why of course it is. You don’t know any of the details. But since the Vikings did it it must be a fair deal, sight unseen. At least to a homer.

  9. packertruth says:
    June 11, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I don’t know any details, but I can tell you that this is a fair deal for both sides

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    Why of course it is. You don’t know any of the details. But since the Vikings did it it must be a fair deal, sight unseen. At least to a homer.
    __________

    See the updated story with the details. I was right. You were wrong. Again.

  10. See the updated story with the details. I was right. You were wrong. Again.

    +++++

    Not really. I merely pointed out you were willing to judge a deal that you admittedly knew none of the details of. If you know none of the details, how could you possibly know it was fair?

    As for being right….. remember that time the Vikings were 5-0 and you proclaimed the Vikings needed to be thought of as “serious Super Bowl contenders”? Good times.

  11. whatjusthapped says:

    The problem with kicking the can down the road is there is a day in the future when the bill becomes due.
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    I don’t disagree with your basic theory.

    But in Rudolph’s case we’re talking nickles and dimes compared to what the Packers front office has done in the last 12 months.

    Take a good look at Rodgers new deal and all the FA additions to your defense this spring.

    Cousins contract is a bargain compared to Rodgers. We paid $3 mil per win. Your Packers paid $13 mil per win.

    I’ll do the math for you, that’s a savings of $10 mill per win.

  12. gtodriver says:
    June 11, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I’ll do the math for you, that’s a savings of $10 mill per win.

    +++++

    And your wife “saves you money” when things are on sale.

  13. packerlies says

    And your wife “saves you money” when things are on sale.
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    Neither my wife or I are foolish enough to use that logic.

    I know being reminded that the Packers chose to break the bank to keep an aging, injury prone QB that has declining skills happy.

    And then Rodgers sandbags the HC to get him fired.

    Now you have something called “The Flower” (LaFleur translated) as HC and Aaron feels further in charge of the franchise.

    Sucks to be you…

  14. packertruth says:
    June 11, 2019 at 12:31 pm
    See the updated story with the details. I was right. You were wrong. Again.

    +++++

    Not really. I merely pointed out you were willing to judge a deal that you admittedly knew none of the details of. If you know none of the details, how could you possibly know it was fair?

    As for being right….. remember that time the Vikings were 5-0 and you proclaimed the Vikings needed to be thought of as “serious Super Bowl contenders”? Good times.
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    I can make an educated guess about what the contract looks like because I’m familiar with other contracts the Vikings have negotiated with their players and I was aware of the fact that both Rudolph and the Vikings wanted to make the deal happen. That isn’t exactly blind homerism.

    And no, I don’t remember calling the Vikings “serious Super Bowl contenders” in 2016, although I suppose it’s possible since every NFL analyst was saying that at the time. I think it’s kind of weird that you would remember something like that, though. Do I need a restraining order?

  15. metitometin says:

    You’d think he’d want to go to the Patriots and catch passes from Brady rather than Kirk Cousins
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    Tom Brady is a great QB. I have nothing bad to say about him.

    But Kyle likes MN. He doesn’t want to move his family to the Boston area.

    I’ve both lived in the Boston area and visited the Boston area. I much prefer visiting Boston to living there.

    For those that love living in the area – great. They probably wouldn’t enjoy what Kyle and I like about living in MN.

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