One of the things on the ‘to-do’ list for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason is to figure out how to extend tight end Kyle Rudolph, who looks poised for a breakout year under Norv Turner and is in line to make bank after the final year of his rookie deal expires in 2015.
But while the Vikings want to keep Rudolph around, it appears that they’re in no rush to re-sign him to a deal and haven’t approached him about extending his contract.
Rudolph is entering the final year of his rookie contract and would like remain with the Vikings beyond 2014. But the 24-year-old tight end said Tuesday that the team, which still has approximately $10 million in salary cap space after a busy offseason, has not approached him about a contract extension.
It would seem wise for the Vikings to press the issue of signing an extension now before Rudolph blows up in 2014 and then becomes even pricier than he already is. To counter that, Rudolph may be resistant to sign a long-term extension because he may want to maximize his value with a stellar season.
Either way, big things look to be in store for Kyle Rudolph and the Vikings decision on what to do with him is looming closer and closer.