- Rudolph’s full guarantees amount to $12.64 million, which includes a $6.5 million signing bonus and his 2015 ($4.9 million) and 2016 ($5.65 million) base salaries.
- The contract also includes $250,000 in per game active roster bonuses for the extension years and $100,000 in annual workout bonuses.
- Rudolph’s cap figure for the 2014 season does increase by $1.3 million.
Here’s a look at his base salaries over the course of the deal:
- 2014: $956,343
- 2015: $4,900,000
- 2016: $5,650,000
- 2017: $5,150,000
- 2018: $5,650,000
- 2019: $6,900,000
Rudolph, 24, appeared in just eight games last year 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.
The Vikings have already announced their agreement with TE Kyle Rudolph.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) July 28, 2014
- According to Glazer, Rudolph will receive a five-year extension worth $36.5 million.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Rudolph receives $19 million guaranteed and the new money in his contract will average $7.3 million per year.
- Rapoport adds that Rudolph can earn up to $40 million and is now the fifth-highest paid tight end.
- Ben Goessling reports that $12 million of Rudolph’s contract is guaranteed for injury.
Rudolph has said that he was hoping to get a contract done with the Vikings at some point, and it appears as though he made out quite well in this contract.
Many have pointed to the addition of Norv Turner as the Vikings new offensive coordinator as a reason to be excited about Rudolph’s future production. Turner has helped numerous tight ends take the next step in their respective development, which means Rudolph could be in for a breakout 2014 season.