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Kyle Rudolph's Vikings deal cuts off another Patriots' tight end option

14 June 2019

The Vikings begin minicamp on Tuesday and Rudolph is expected to finalize the deal then, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin.

It included references to the work he does in the community, including having established Kyle Rudolph's End Zone, a therapeutic patient care space at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Though Rudolph was already under contract with the Vikings, there has been no shortage of rumors that he was on the trading block and to be honest, those rumors were music to the ears of Lions' fans. If a move couldn't be made to lower Rudolph's number, there was a chance of him being traded or possibly even released. ESPN and NFL.com both reported that he landed a four-year, $36 million extension. It wasn't the biggest season, but it was still a solid all-around year. On Tuesday, he signed a contract extension with Minnesota.

As far as money goes, details are still not totally clear.

He then confirmed via text to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he has a new deal with the Vikings.

A 2011 second-round pick, Rudolph has amassed some of the best tight end numbers in franchise history. However, the team's interest in Rudolph never matched the Vikings' asking price.

Over the past four seasons, Rudolph has played in every Vikings' game. This conflicts with previous reporting that suggested his salary was raised along with the guarantees. For example, if a $5 million signing bonus is part of the reported $9 million he is receiving this year, his cap hit would be reduced by $4 million. The 2019 was the last season on his previous contract.

Kyle Rudolph's Vikings deal cuts off another Patriots' tight end option