Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph mentioned on Wednesday that he would like to get a contract extension worked out with the team at some point this next year.
“It’s something that I really want to do,” Rudolph said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I’ve been extremely happy here in Minnesota. … I truly feel like we have the best organization in football, and I’d love to play my whole career here. I love the (Twin Cities) and I want to stay here. Hopefully, that’s something we can get done this offseason.”
Interestingly enough, Rudolph mentioned that he believes he’s the best tight end in the league, even though he is coming off of a season that was cut short by a fractured left foot.
The good news for Rudolph is that he’ll have an opportunity to work with OC Norv Turner in his contract season. Browns TE Jordan Cameron is coming off of a breakout season while playing in Turner’s system, even though he was forced to play with average or worse quality quarterback play for much of the year.
Rudolph, 24, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make $956,343 for the 2014 season.
Last year, he appeared in just eight games and caught 30 receptions for 313 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 24 tight end in the league last season.