Vikings cut Kyle Rudolph

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Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph is on the way out in Minnesota.

The Vikings are cutting Rudolph, who confirmed on social media that he has been told he’s out.

Rudolph was slated to earn a $7.65 million base salary this season and count $9.45 million against the Vikings’ salary cap. He still had three more seasons left on the four-year, $36 million contract extension he signed before the 2019 season, but the Vikings will save $5 million in cap space by cutting him.

Last year the 31-year-old Rudolph missed four games and saw his production decline to 28 catches for 334 yards.

Now Rudolph, who has been with the Vikings since they selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, will hit free agency and see if some team wants to pay a veteran tight end who wants to prove he still has something left.

78 responses to “Vikings cut Kyle Rudolph

  1. Great person and player. Vikings did not take advantage of his strengths. Good luck and thank you Kyle.

  2. Good luck to him. Good player I’ve enjoyed watching and a good guy by what I’ve heard and read.

  3. Talent has always been there, I think he was underutilized.

    Hope he ends up in a good situation somewhere.

  4. I always liked Rudy, sucks that he’s moving on, but I understand why. Made some great TD catches for the Vikings during his career. Loved the walk-off TD to knock the Saints out of the playoffs. I hope he catches on with a team that will use him to the best of his abilities. He’s still a great red zone target that will catch anything thrown near him.

  5. Another player chopped early in his ‘contract’. But nooooooo, the PLAYERS need to fulfill their end of the deal lmao

  6. This has to be one of Chris Spielman’s oddest moves. After signing him to this big contract they basically cut his targets in half. Who in their right mind pays a TE that much money to throw him 2.5 passes per game?

  7. Forget about playing elsewhere. He’s 31-years-old, and he plays like he’s 38. It’s time to retire.

  8. Kyle is a great guy on and off the field. Great character, great teammate, great person. We will miss you in Minnesota Kyle, you will always be a Viking.

  9. Cap hell is a real thing for teams. He’s a great payer but is hurt quite a bit, time to cut their losses. Maybe Cousins can float him some money?

  10. Great player and a great Viking. Good luck wherever you go next Kyle. You’ll always be a Viking!

  11. LOVE Kyle, consummate pro, any TE needy team would be dumb to pass on him. I think personally he should go to the Browns where Stefanski knows and loves him and they are closer to the big time. N-joke-u is just that, and Rudy has hands to catch anything.

  12. Buffalo could use a sure handed TE. Give Diggs a call and have him hook you up.

  13. mogogo1 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 6:03 pm
    This has to be one of Chris Spielman’s oddest moves. After signing him to this big contract they basically cut his targets in half. Who in their right mind pays a TE that much money to throw him 2.5 passes per game?
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    I think you meany Rick Spielman, GM of the Vikings. His brother Chris is with the Lions and has nothing to do with Kyle Rudolph (at least for now).

  14. 2021 salary cap hell takes a major talent. Not the first and not the last.

  15. murraysons says:

    March 2, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Another player chopped early in his ‘contract’. But nooooooo, the PLAYERS need to fulfill their end of the deal lmao
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    The difference you seem to miss in each article is when the team cuts the player the player is able to keep the guaranteed money that he hasnt actually earned now if a player wants to do the same from the other perspective and give up the guaranteed money they havent actually earned then more would be on the players side but specifically Watson signed his deal, the team is as bad off now as when he signed also, but he wants to be traded and keep the guaranteed money.

  16. Very good player for a long period of time. He will catch on somewhere, hopefully with a contender.

  17. jimmygeewhiz says:

    March 2, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    2021 salary cap hell takes a major talent. Not the first and not the last.

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    Wrong but it’s cute you memorize buzz words. This cut is no different than would have been ANY year, an older higher priced player coming off not only a down season but an injury season and 1 where he was surpassed at his position and no longer merits the salary.

  18. The first of many casualties created by the limited cap space. We’re going to be seeing a lot more big names cut because teams need the cap space.

  19. Thanks for the memories Kyle! I’m of the belief his numbers dropped because he had to do more blocking due to an awful offensive line.

  20. Freaking egg heads on here…..lol. gonna miss Kyle and what he did for the community and for the Vikings. Football is young man’s game and with the emerging of young talent in Smith Jr. and Conklin any true Vikings fan saw this coming. So I say good bye and good luck.

  21. Great person, incredible citizen, good hands, turned himself into a good blocker and was a team leader. On the other side, the two other TEs on the roster are cheaper, faster and his equal as receivers. I disagree with the claims he was under utilized, and instead think the Vikings maximized his skills. He was very slow, was not elusive, and telegraphed his routes, making him most effective in the red zone and on shorter routes as opposed to seam or other downfield routes. Watch and see the teams that use him next will not pay him near what his contract would have been this year and he’s used exactly the same way the Vikes used him last year. At any rate, wish him all the best – he deserves it.

  22. And this is why players should hold out. All that team loyalty and honoring your contract is nothing more than propaganda because at the end of the day organizations will make moves that benefit them.

  23. murraysons says:
    March 2, 2021 at 5:55 pm
    Another player chopped early in his ‘contract’. But nooooooo, the PLAYERS need to fulfill their end of the deal lmao
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    Yet, he still gets what was guaranteed to him financially.

  24. Not sure why they ever extended him. Writing was on the wall after they drafted Irv Smith Jr. and they gave Rudolph an extension right after that.

  25. Sad news. Vikings never fully took advantage of all his skills in his prime and now dropping him like hot garbage.

  26. Vikes will resign him at $12M per year over 5 years with $20M guaranteed.

  27. I no nothing about him however the one that should be sent packing is the one who gave him a four year extension last year. That is the one who needs to go!

  28. Word is he was telling Kirk to man up and tell his wife he will no longer wear his wedding ring on the field, and Kirk went running to Spielman.

  29. Kyle was never a elite TE, not even close. He was and is the best TE Minnesota has had in quite some time

    I wish Kyle the best I know his lovely with wife Jordan has already stated that she is elated to be getting out of Minnesota. Kyle is too kind to say it, but he feels relieved as well.👍

  30. If the price was right I would love to see the Chiefs take a look at Rudolph. Travis Kelce is a top tier TE and a major producer in the Chiefs offense but behind him they really have nothing. Rudolph would be a solid backup, a valid 2nd option in a 2 TE set and he has blocking skills that would be vital to keeping Mahomes healthy.

  31. It seems like every offseason The Vikings talk about cutting this guy. I don’t understand because he always seem to produce. I hope Kyle finds a team that appreciates him and rips the Vikings to shreds when he plays against them.

  32. Wow! His Leap and Snag in the 2020 playoffs to end the Saints season is an everlasting memory and I’m not a Vikes fan.

    NEW ENGLAND BOUND?

  33. The trouble is the reason he had to block so much and wasn’t used to his potential was the offensive line issues. He is a casualty of Rick Dennison’s and Speilmans. These guys couldn’t deal with the o-line issues and so he had to stay in and help out. Maybe throw a little blame on Zimmer as well. FIX THE LINE! It’s just as well they cut him before Dennison switched his position to guard anyway.

  34. Something don’t sound right there, buyers beware. Guy was to good to just let go because of one bad season. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I wish nothing but the best.

  35. curtis20 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 6:13 pm
    Cap hell is a real thing for teams. He’s a great payer but is hurt quite a bit, time to cut their losses. Maybe Cousins can float him some money?
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    Not really. “Cap hell” would be when you can’t effectively cut people to get under the cap or can’t extend players and have run out of all options. Part of football is maneuvering the cap, and some do it better than others. The cap is the same for everyone so it’s an even playing field.

    The last 2 years for Rudolph have been subpar, and they have an up-and-coming tight end who costs less, and they save 5 million in the process. Makes sense.

  36. Cap hell, time to pay up Rick. Who’s next, Kirk? Oh wait, that’s guaranteed cash lol.

  37. I can see Buffalo signing him (Diggs loved him) and I can also see Saints signing him (Payton knows how good he is)

  38. Rudolph wouldn’t take a pay cut. We all get older and the reality is he’s over 30 years old. He will probably find a good salary somewhere but he was overpaid.

  39. Kyle Rudolph was a great player and seems like he is a great person. This is about Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin being better backups at TE than we have other positions. It’s too bad, I too think Kyle could’ve been better utilized but we need OL/DL more than we need another TE. Thanks Kyle!

  40. The Vikings let 5 key defensive veterans go in 2019. Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph, Everson Griffin, Trey Waynes, & Mackenzie Alexander. Xaiver seems like a mistake but the rest seem validated. Everson was traded and now looking. Linval is rumored to be cut & available. Waynes was hurt. Alexander was average. Letting Kyle go seems right.

  41. A good player who gets to choose the team that he thinks will know how to properly use a TE with legit receiving skills. He was wasted as a blocker (he can do it, but he had to because of the Vikes crap OL). Hope he ends up in a good situation, preferably in the AFC.

  42. If he will sign for a reasonable price Arizona should look into signing him. Rudolph is an excellent blocking TE and could do wonders for AZ run game especially paired up with TE Maxx Williams who is one of the best blocking TEs in the NFL. Those two on the same offense would greatly upgrade AZs rushing offense and help keep Murray clean in the pocket, not to mention Rudolph also is an above average receiving TE and big time red zone threat. Williams would love it as he wouldn’t have to carry the full load blocking. If Rudolph will sign for $4-$5M per season he would be a bargain, unless AZ thinks they can find a younger cheaper option in the 2nd-3rd round of the draft.

  43. I read his goodbye letter. Very classy and I’m a Packers fan. Interesting his letter did not mention Cousins in all the players he mentioned.

  44. Perfect transitional player for New England. Brings a wealth of experience to the weak TE corps that NE has drafted and also would fit into the Patriot way and now has the chip on the shoulder… Come to New England and continue your playing days…

  45. Stop with the WFT on line one .. they have a TE in Logan Tomas who is a mirror image of this guy , only younger and cheaper.

  46. You’re only confused by this if you don’t follow the Vikings and the salary cap. Rudy at over $9 mil a year, or Irv Smith Jr. and Tyler Conklin at a combined $2.5 mil? Not a tough choice. It has nothing to do with Rudy the player, teammate, or community member. One of the greatest the Vikings have ever had when you combine all three of those things. I wish him and his family, who are staying in Minnesota after football, nothing but the best. They all deserve it.

  47. steveschwarz21 says:
    March 3, 2021 at 1:40 am
    The Vikings let 5 key defensive veterans go in 2019. Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph, Everson Griffin, Trey Waynes, & Mackenzie Alexander. Xaiver seems like a mistake but the rest seem validated. Everson was traded and now looking. Linval is rumored to be cut & available. Waynes was hurt. Alexander was average. Letting Kyle go seems right.
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    My only slight disagreement here is the fact that Rhodes simply wasn’t playing well for the Vikings anymore, especially at the dollar cost. Sometimes, even when a player goes on to play well for another team, it was a good move for his current team to let him go.

  48. Makes sense. Minnesota’s offense philosophy didn’t really fit his skill set considering how much they run the ball. Even at Notre Dame, he was their #1 receiver. Interesting to see where he might land. Pittsburgh seems like they may be interested

  49. Christopher Allan says:
    March 2, 2021 at 7:18 pm
    murraysons says:
    March 2, 2021 at 5:55 pm
    Another player chopped early in his ‘contract’. But nooooooo, the PLAYERS need to fulfill their end of the deal lmao
    ————————————————————————————————-
    Yet, he still gets what was guaranteed to him financially.

    ———————————–

    Right, but that’s why players push for guaranteed money and which generally only top players get.

    I know Watson’s been talked to death, but regardless of the contract he signed it sure seems like the Texans have done everything possible to alienate him and make him want to play somewhere else.

  50. Rudy would make a fine target for new qb Goff in Detroit.Lions should go heavy after him if their intent is to put a competitive team together this season.

  51. Green Bay has snow…hes got a funny reindeer name. He can groom the young TE Tonyan into a pro bowler.

  52. dmca12 says:
    March 3, 2021 at 7:39 am

    I read his goodbye letter. Very classy and I’m a Packers fan. Interesting his letter did not mention Cousins in all the players he mentioned.
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    Of course he didn’t, Kirk Cousins is a horrible teammate.

    Stefon Diggs literally begged to get out of Minnesota and away from him.
    Showing up teammates, Thielen and Cook, with embarrassing sideline blowups.
    Not to mention Trent Williams balking at a possible trade and reunion with his old QB.

    Kyle Rudolph snubbing Cousins is about the least surprising Minnesota phenomena since 0-60.

  53. Great player and an even better person. I’ve had the opportunity to meet him. He will be missed.

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