Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) catches a pass as Carolina Panthers safety Quintin Mikell (27) tackles him in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Panthers win 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings not discussing contract with Kyle Rudolph

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.

Per the Star Tribune:

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.

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  • Justin

    I would think that is in everyone’s best interests. Rudolph gets the opportunity to show what he is worth, likely more than any money he would get in an extension now, and the vikings can wait a bit to see how his foot has healed and how he thrives under turners offense. They also still have draft picks to sign. Seems about right.

    • manbearpig01

      It’s not in Rudolph’s best interest if he is continually hurt. shows no signs of development and/or doesn’t end up fitting with Turner and/or his new offense. This could definitely backfire for one of the parties…

      • Justin

        I think you misunderstood me and based on what you are saying I think we are generally implying the same thing. I do not think giving him an extension now when he has been so often injured is the best option for both sides. I think waiting until later in the season is the best option for both sides.

        Rudolph has been injured recently so rather than provide him with an extension before the season starts, wait until mid-season or even later and force him to prove he can endure a full season. I am sure he wants to stay healthy and play. If he works out, great sign him to an extension later in the season and you are set. If he gets hurt again, you can sign him maybe for less or not at all.

        Rudolph stands to get much more money if he has a truly breakout season and can stay healthy. Similarly he does no have to endure the baggage associated with an oft injured player.

        While you can definitely argue otherwise, it probably would not be great either for Rudolph to sign a big contract then not be able to perform. If he leaves it is less likely he would be able to get a similar deal with another team potentially down the road. And depending on the structure of the contract he would stand to miss out on any performance based incentives.

        Again I think we are on the same page maybe just misunderstood. Let him play a bit before giving him that extension.