Kyle Rudolph isn’t leaving Minnesota anytime quickly.
Rudolph will get a four-year, $36 million extension from the Vikings, based on ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
A former second spherical choose by the Vikings out of Notre Dame, Rudolph has earned the repute as probably the greatest tight ends within the league. He’s tallied 386 catches and 41 touchdowns over his eight-year profession.
“Slightly below a decade in the past, I obtained a cellphone name that will change my life. On that day, all I knew is that I might be taking part in within the NFL, realizing my childhood dream. What I didn’t know was the position the state of Minnesota would play in my life,” Rudolph wrote.
“Marrying my spouse and set up[ing] our residence … in Minnesota. Experiencing the start of my three stunning youngsters … in Minnesota. Beginning a journey to higher the lives of kids coping with a illness that doesn’t discriminate … in Minnesota. Giving all the things I can presumably give, professionally and personally, to the best sports activities franchise and its followers … in Minnesota. And I’m honored past phrases to say that my residence, our residence will all the time be … in Minnesota! #UnfinishedBusiness.”
Rudolph missed 15 video games between 2013-14, however has been wholesome since, taking part in in all 16 video games the previous 4 seasons. He made the Professional Bowl in 2012 and ’17.
In quarterback Kirk Cousins first season in Minnesota, Rudolph was focused 82 occasions, catching 64 balls for 634 yards and 4 touchdowns. His catch charge of 78% was the perfect in his profession.
In response to the Star Tribune, since 2015, solely two tight ends — Kansas Metropolis’s Travis Kelce and Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz — have caught extra passes than Rudolph’s 253.
With the Vikings drafting Alabama tight finish Irv Smith Jr. with the 50th total choose, there was hypothesis that Rudolph — who has spent his total profession with the Vikes — could possibly be dealt.
Nonetheless, Rudolph has expressed pleasure concerning the potentialities of taking part in with two tight ends.
“It’s one thing, a component, that we’ve by no means had right here in my 9 years being right here. It forces defenses to play with three linebackers, and that permits us to manage the sport, after we go on the market in three-wide units,” Rudolph mentioned. “Individuals all the time discuss creating mismatches — effectively, now they’ve 5 DBs on the sector, and yeah, there’s nonetheless mismatches, there’s dimension mismatches, however now we will type of management and do issues how we need to do them.”
The Vikings start minicamp on Tuesday and Rudolph is anticipated to finalize the deal then, based on ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.