Kyle Rudolph glad to have contract talks behind him

AP

Kyle Rudolph‘s wife had already enrolled their kids in schools in Minnesota for next year. But Rudolph wasn’t always sure he was going to be around to help with car pool.

The Vikings tight end admitted the uncertainty about whether or when his recent contract extension was coming made for a difficult and unusual offseason.

“I think, for the first time in my career, there really wasn’t certainty in an offseason,” Rudolph said, via Albert Breer of SI.com. “Every year to this point, I knew what was going to happen, where I was going to be. Obviously, everyone knew our cash situation, our cap situation. So there were times that they couldn’t figure something out, where I thought, ‘Obviously, I’m the easy guy to move.’ Now, the more I got familiar with our situation and talking to [G.M.] Rick [Spielman] and to the Vikings, they made it very clear early on that that wasn’t something that they wanted to do. So I talked about it a few times through the process. That it made it easier on me to—it’s cliche to say, but—just focus on football.”

The extension was good for both sides, in that it created some short-term cap space for the Vikings at a time they needed it. But it also kept one of their most consistent performers around.

The process wasn’t without its ups and downs, but Rudolph said he put his trust in his agents and the Vikings front office, and that was rewarded.

“They told me that it was important for me to stay here and we told them that it was important to us to stay here,” he said. “And at that point, I could leave it at that. I could focus on football. I could worry about offseason workouts, OTAs, being at minicamp today, and I think the biggest thing is, a lot of time in our business, in the sport of football, the business side sucks. And you know a lot of people are hurt by the business side.

“And I think for me personally I feel extremely blessed and fortunate.”

And unlike other points this offseason, he feels confident he’ll be around to see his kids after school.

14 responses to “Kyle Rudolph glad to have contract talks behind him

  1. Knowledgeable Vikings fans couldn’t be happier. All these guys whining over yards after carry. How about how great his blocking is, or that he always knows where the first down line is or his consistently great catch rate? He rarely misses a catch and no one knowledgeable can reasonably argue that. They miss the fact that he’s also one of our best blockers on the offensive line and we can’t afford to lose our best there. A rookie TE might have talent but he doesn’t have experience and will be prone to making mistakes as most rookies are. I’m looking forward to a dangerous pick-your-poison offense this year. With Kyle and Irv both in there, I expect defenses to be spread pretty thin. SKOL!

  2. Ya, the Vikings got salary cap relief in 2019 but the challenge with kicking the can down the road is that there will likely be a moment where the Vikings will have to live with the dead money on this contract and that will handcuff the team. Spielman’s stategey is do what it takes to win in 2019 because without it, he wouldn’t have to worry about the Vikings in 2020 and beyond in the unemployment line. So in an indirect way, its a consequence of signing a middle rated QB to a top 3 QB contract. See how it works?

  3. In the past decade the success of the Vikings has been directly tied to the performance of the offensive line more than any other NFL team, and I don’t think that changes in 2019. Get that in gear and we’ll get the most out of Kirk Cousins.

  4. You are extremely fortunate and blessed to be extended by a World Class organization, Kyle. I look forward to dominating 2 TE sets with you and Irv Smith. SKOL

  5. Alan Light says:
    June 17, 2019 at 11:40 am

    You are extremely fortunate and blessed to be extended by a World Class organization, Kyle. I look forward to dominating 2 TE sets with you and Irv Smith. SKOL

    +++++

    You know things are bad when a commenter realizes he could dominate either of your two top tight ends.

  6. As with most of the Vikings’ contracts, this is a team-friendly deal that has small dead money hits in later years. Those with simple minds look at the total value of the contract and assume the piper needs to be paid somewhere down the line. Rudolph only got $9 million guaranteed. The Vikings can move on pretty much anytime with very little impact on the salary cap.

  7. Very few NFL teams are able to draft well, keep those players their entire career ((Diggs, Theilen, Rudolph, Hunter, Griffen, Smith, Rhodes, Kendricks, Barr, Stephen) and supplement with FA’s like Joseph, Cousins, Reiff while at the same time continuing to draft well with talent like Cook, Hill, Johnson, Weatherly, Hughes, Kearse, Holmes, Waynes.

    Having a difficult cap situation on a team that keeps its own talent and a place where players take less to stay is a situation Vikings fans should be happy with. Looking at the other end of the spectrum in the Packers where players are rarely resigned, consistently keep $25 million in unused cap money and you can see why the Vikings have 21 wins the past 2 seasons compared with just 13 for the sub-.500 Packers (again). Queue the past success compared to the 4 Super Bowl loses. At least they have history to read about while we watch the present.

  8. It’s so cute when Vikings fans cherry pick stats. Let’s include TWO years so it makes the Packers look so much worse (ignoring two huge injuries to the Packers’ best player).

    You won 8 games last year. VS the Packers 6.

    And the best QB in the division was hurt.

    It doesn’t paint a pretty picture for your horrible, garbage squad.

  9. MNfaninIL says:
    June 18, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Queue the past success compared to the 4 Super Bowl loses. At least they have history to read about while we watch the present.

    +++++

    In the present you are 0-0. Near past 8-7-1. In your purple minds you are 13-3 and aren’t saddled with a coach and quarterback neither of whom seems capable of winning a big game.

    Viking fans have two playoff wins in 14 years, but they type their fingers to the nubs trying to convince everyone how great the Vikings are. Enjoy the Zimmy swan song season, you are nearing the Rinse cycle.

  10. whatjusthapped says:
    June 17, 2019 at 9:49 am
    Ya, the Vikings got salary cap relief in 2019 but the challenge with kicking the can down the road is that there will likely be a moment where the Vikings will have to live with the dead money on this contract and that will handcuff the team.
    ###

    You did a good job of discussing ‘kicking the can down the road’.

    Please expound on the Rodgers contract from last year…

    Talk about dead cap money handcuffing a team!!!

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