The Minnesota Vikings and their veteran tight end have reportedly agreed to a new deal that will keep him under contract after the 2019 season.
For the Minnesota Vikings, some the most talked about topics this offseason have been related to tight end Kyle Rudolph’s status with the team heading into the 2019 season.
Well, according to multiple reports on Monday, it appears as though the Vikings and Rudolph have agreed to a new deal that will keep him on the roster after 2019. The tight end and Minnesota have reportedly agreed to a four-year extension worth $36 million according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He will now be signed through the 2023 season.
Rudolph will sign his new contract on Tuesday on the Vikings’ first day of mandatory minicamp according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
Rudolph’s new deal should put an end to any speculation of him being dealt to another team this year. The tight end has been included in numerous trade rumors this offseason, but nothing ever came of the discussions the Vikings reportedly had with other teams.
Shortly before news of his new contract started to break on Monday night, Rudolph posted a message on his Twitter account expressing his gratitude towards Minnesota.
Since getting selected by the Vikings in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the tight end has remained with the organization for his entire NFL career. With his extension, Rudolph now has a good chance to remain with Minnesota until he retires.
He’s already one of the most productive tight ends to ever put on a Vikings uniform. Out of all the tight ends to ever play for Minnesota, Rudolph currently ranks second in career catches, second in career receiving yards, and first in career touchdown receptions.
Now that he knows he will be with the Vikings even longer, his name could end up being at the top of each of these categories by the time he decides to call it quits.