The Vikings have already confirmed the news:
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 2, 2021
Rudolph’s name had come up as a potential trade candidate the past few years, so it’s not all that surprising that Minnesota opted to move, considering the cap crunch teams are under this year.
Rudolph, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Vikings back in 2011. He was entering the final year of his five-year, $36,500,000 contract and set to make a base salary of $7,275,000 for the 2019 season when he signed a four-year, $36 million extension in 2019.
Rudolph was set to make a base salary of $7.65 million for the 2021 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Rudolph will free up $5,037,500 of available cap space while creating $4,350,000 in dead money.
In 2020, Rudolph appeared in 12 games for the Vikings and caught 28 passes for 334 yards receiving and one touchdown.