Kyle Rudolph Addresses Speculation, Future with Vikings

  • Kyle Rudolph Addresses Speculation, Future with Vikings

Kyle Rudolph Addresses Speculation, Future with Vikings

For a brief moment, as Mike Zimmer and Kyle Rudolph chatted and laughed before a round of golf Monday at Zimmer's inaugural tournament benefitting his charity, it was easy to forget all the pressure that surrounds the Vikings and their looming decision with Rudolph, their two-time Pro Bowl tight end.

The Vikings have $738,054 of cap room and need to sign Bradbury to a deal with a 2019 cap number of $2.342 million.

We don't know exactly what Minnesota's cap situation looks like now, but the Vikings still don't have much money.

Speculation over Rudolph being traded or cut by the Vikings has been swirling since before the National Football League draft, but it hasn't deterred the Pro Bowl tight end from moving forward with his team. "I don't want to be dealing with this come OTAs, training camp, minicamp. We got to work together today for the first time, and I had talked to [Vikings General Manager] Rick [Spielman] about it", Rudolph said.

The Vikings and Rudolph's representatives tabled negotiations Friday on a new contract when financial gaps still weren't bridged. "And I think that's for both parties". The Vikings want clarity. "It's done. I'm a Viking".

"I've had conversations with Kyle and quite honestly I really love all my players", Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

That's without mentioning George Fant, who played tight end a fair amount previous year, serving primarily as an extra run-blocker but occasionally lining up out wide and even hauling in one reception for a nine-yard gain.

"Change happens", Rudolph said. We expect Kyle to be here. "We've been so fortunate to be in one place for eight years that you don't really realize how many guys change teams on a yearly basis".