Vikings sign tight end Kyle Rudolph to 4-year extension

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The 29-year-old tight end has spent his entire career with the Vikings after being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Rudolph's new deal is expected to lower his cap hit of $7.625 million, which would help the Vikings with their current salary-cap situation.

Following the agreement, Rudolph took to Twitter to share a message about staying in Minnesota.

Getty The Vikings have inked TE Kyle Rudolph to a new deal.

Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin said the two sides agreed to an extension that would be signed on Tuesday morning. "On that day, all I knew is that I would be playing in the National Football League, realizing my childhood dream". Last year, he finished with 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns. "We know how important it is to this fan base and the state of Minnesota to bring that first championship here, and now my sole focus is on that - just playing my roles on this team to the best of my ability and going out and trying to lead this team to a championship". And I am honored beyond words to say that my home, our home will always be.in Minnesota!

ESPN's Adam Schefter indicated last week the Patriots and Vikings discussed Rudolph, but ultimately, New England didn't want to pay the Vikings' asking price. "Now, nine years in, and under contract through my 13th year, I hope I'm the same way". Keeping defensive end Everson Griffen, linebacker Anthony Barr and now Rudolph shows the belief this franchise has that it can get back to where it was in 2017, when this team reached its highest heights under this ownership, front office and coaching staff, standing one win away from a trip to the Super Bowl. While he has never truly featured among the elite of elite tight ends, Rudolph has undeniably been a solid target for the duration of his eight-year Minnesota career. The move, it seemed, was to trade Rudolph and go with Smith.

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