There were reports last week that the Minnesota Vikings and Kyle Rudolph had stopped talking about a contract extension but according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that isn’t the case. Rudolph and the Vikings are still working towards a contract extension but there hasn’t been much progress made.
According to Florio’s sources, the Vikings have offered Rudolph a five-year contract extension that would make him one of the highest paid tight ends in the league, and would also probably drop his cap number this year which is what the Vikings goal has been.
The Vikings haven’t approached Rudolph about taking a pay cut because he made it clear to Sid Hartmann of the Star Tribune that he won’t be taking one.
“No I won’t, I am too young for that,” he said.
Rudolph also made it clear that there is no other place that he and his family want to be.
“Nowhere. I don’t want to go anywhere,” he said. “We want to stay here.”
There have been rumors all offseason that the Vikings could trade Rudolph and those really heated up after the Vikings selected Irv Smith Jr. in the second round.
Rudolph said earlier this week that he wanted this figured out sooner than later and it seems with the Vikings offering him a contract extension they also want to get it figured out soon.
This is a story that is heating up and could be resolved today, or it could go all the way to the start of training camp.