Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph may be without a new contract and he may have heard his name thrown around in trade rumors recently, but he will still be on the field with his teammates at organized team activities on Tuesday, as first reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Rudolph and the Vikings have been engaged in discussions about a contract extension, but talks have not gotten very far, leading many to believe that Minnesota will eventually end up trading Rudolph, and the New England Patriots, who are in need of a tight end after Rob Gronkowski's retirement, have emerged as a potential landing spot.
The writing on the wall for Rudolph's potential departure became somewhat evident last month when the Vikings selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Still, the Vikings are trying to keep Rudolph with the intention of decreasing his cap number for 2019, which Rudolph does not seem too wild about, as one would expect.
Rudolph is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and hauled in 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns.
The 29-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Notre Dame, was originally selected by Minnesota in the second round (43rd pick overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
During his time with the Vikings, Rudolph has made a couple of Pro Bowl appearances.
Minnesota went just 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs this past season, one year after making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game.