Kyle Rudolph extension creates $4.175 million in cap space for Vikings

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On Tuesday, we posted some of the details regarding tight end Kyle Rudolph‘s new four-year extension with the Vikings. One detail that wasn’t available at the time relates to the cap savings generated by the new deal.

According to Field Yates of ESPN.com, that cap savings will be $4.175 million.

As we explained on Tuesday, the contract has no full guarantees beyond 2019. Rudolph’s 2020 salary is guaranteed for injury only.

Rudolph is banking on the Vikings choosing to keep him around, based on his salary, his skills, and his desire to stay in Minnesota. For now, Rudolph gets a raise and the Vikings secure some cap relief. For 2020 and beyond, Rudolph’s status with the team remains to seen.

20 responses to “Kyle Rudolph extension creates $4.175 million in cap space for Vikings

  1. According to Field Yates of ESPN.com, that cap savings will be $4.175 million.

    $4.175 million. Can the packer cap experts weigh in on this? lol

  2. Huh? He was on his last year and due to make $7.2M this yr under the old contract and that’s still being paid, so how does also paying him a signing bonus of $7.2M, and guaranteeing at least $9.2M give them cap savings over the old contract?

  3. Salary Cap Hell is a myth. They keep raising the bar and everybody keeps figuring it out. No props or attaboys expected or deserved, for anybody.

  4. streetyson says:
    June 12, 2019 at 12:21 pm
    Huh? He was on his last year and due to make $7.2M this yr under the old contract and that’s still being paid, so how does also paying him a signing bonus of $7.2M, and guaranteeing at least $9.2M give them cap savings over the old contract?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Signing bonuses aren’t included.

  5. After cousins contract is done, the Vikings will be in excellent shape. Can’t say that as to the pathetic packers and their fans as they always wonder why and how the Vikings do it!

  6. Fun to see no comments from all the people screaming cap hell for the Vikes yesterday. Time to go back to the “Cousins was overpaid” narrative I guess

  7. packerssuckcheese says:

    After cousins contract is done, the Vikings will be in excellent shape. Can’t say that as to the pathetic packers and their fans as they always wonder why and how the Vikings do it!
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    How the Vikings always do what? The queens have been in the league since 1961 and nothing to show for any of those years. Your coach and GM are on the hot seat and you play football indoors. There is nothing to wish for regarding Minnesota football.

  8. This guy must be delusional if he thinks he is going to play out that contract. They just drafted your replacement pal, writing is on the wall…….

  9. packerssuckcheese says:
    June 12, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    After cousins contract is done, the Vikings will be in excellent shape. Can’t say that as to the pathetic packers and their fans as they always wonder why and how the Vikings do it!
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    Cousins’ $28M/yr actually is probably below market rate now. Also, you realize you’re either replacing him with a FA that is either more expensive or a unknown rookie…Cousins $ isn’t the Viking problem, it’s a lot of other overpriced and aging pieces.

  10. They should have just kept Case Keenum who took the team further for a fraction of the salary.

  11. Good deal for the team and the player, well done! Now just teach the guy how to break a tackle

  12. Vikings are primed for the next two years with Cousins. As they continue to improve the running game, it will set them up in 2 years to potentially look at playing a rookie QB, while the team still is loaded with experienced veterans and hopefully a dominant running game.

  13. patsfan4life:
    Keenum was a free agent I would have cost 18 million a year to resign, which the Broncos signed him at with a two-year contract for 36 million. He only lasted one year in Denver. Keenan was a good scrambling quarterback but threw bad interceptions at the wrong time & the Vikes basically didn’t feel they could win a Super Bowl with him.

  14. Wow. I never thought they’d be able to get a team friendly deal like this. this is amazing cap work by Rob B.

    I fully expect the vikings to have Linval Joseph restructure after this year as well. Possibly Harisson Smith too.

    Riley Reiff will be cut. Griffen will probably retire.

    Looks like the vikings already have another cornerback gem in the making too! Kris Boyd making waves!

  15. roger that says:
    June 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm
    patsfan4life:
    Keenum was a free agent I would have cost 18 million a year to resign, which the Broncos signed him at with a two-year contract for 36 million. He only lasted one year in Denver. Keenan was a good scrambling quarterback but threw bad interceptions at the wrong time & the Vikes basically didn’t feel they could win a Super Bowl with him.
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    So in essence they traded an 18M a year QB who won’t win anything for a 28M QB who won’t win anything.

    With regards to Rudolph’s new contract, it is basically kicking the can down the road by turning money into signing bonus and extending the contract. They get current relief for future heartache.

    They are all in on Cousins and when he’s done they will clean house and start over. Same story they have been running with since 1961.

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