According to Goessling, the Vikings would like to keep him on their roster in the long-run, and they have the cap space to get a deal done now that could offer them more reasonable salaries in the coming years.
Minnesota is projected to have a staggering $41 million in available cap space, so an extension for Rudolph would not prevent them from actively pursuing upgrades in free agency.
The Vikings have hired Norv Turner to run their offense, which figures to be a great sign for Rudolph moving forward given that Turner has a track record of getting tight ends to take a large step in his system.
Rudolph, 24, was limited to playing just eight games last season due to a foot injury. He totaled 30 receptions for 313 yards receiving and three touchdowns.