Kyle Rudolph Confirms Talks with Minnesota Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. -- Kyle Rudolph and the Minnesota Vikings may be inching closer to a resolution of the tight end's contract situation.
On the second day of organized team activities, Rudolph confirmed a report from Pro Football Talk that the Vikings offered the Pro Bowl tight end a five-year extension. The report said the deal would give Rudolph "a new-money average among the highest paid tight ends in the league."
The extension also is expected to lower Rudolph's cap hit, which sits at $7.625 million for 2019. The Vikings currently have $1,255,486 in salary-cap space after signing first-round pick Garrett Bradbury last week and will eventually need to dip into that money to pay their practice squad.
Rudolph is participating in the first week of OTAs, which are voluntary, despite uncertainty over his future in Minnesota. The ninth-year tight end has been present for all the team's offseason workouts to date, something that he feels obligated to do as a veteran leader.
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