Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that the Vikings and TE Kyle Rudolph have not ended extension talks, but they also haven’t made much progress.
Florio’s source mentioned that the Vikings have actually offered Rudolph a five-year extension would include a new-money average that would leave him among the highest paid tight ends in the league.
As of now, Florio says that the Vikings have not asked Rudolph to take a pay cut for the 2018 season and it’s presumed that Minnesota’s extension offer would reduce his cap figure of $7.625 million.
Rudolph recently told Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that there is “no way” he would take a pay cut to stay in Minnesota.
“No I won’t, I am too young for that,” Rudolph said.
As far as an extension, Rudolph mentioned that “they’re working really hard to get it done, and I hope it gets done.”
While Rudolph has been the subject of trade rumors for over a month now, he doesn’t think the Vikings want to go that route.
“I do, but I don’t think they want to,” Rudolph said. “I don’t think anyone wants to. We want it to end right with me being here.”
Rudolph, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Vikings back in 2011. He’s currently in the final year of his five-year, $36,500,000 contract and stands to make a base salary $7,275,000 for the 2019 season.
Rudolph will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
In 2018, Rudolph appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings and caught 64 passes for 634 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Rudolph as the news is available.