29-year old tight end Kyle Rudolph has spent his entire NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings. The NFC North franchise drafted him in the second round out of Notre Dame back in 2011.
In that time, he’s made two Pro Bowls, most recently in 2017. It sounds like his time in the Twin Cities may be up, though.
During the NFL Draft, the Vikings took Alabama’s Irv Smith in the second round. That naturally raised questions about Rudolph’s future with the team.
Now, it sounds like he could be a trade candidate.
Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, contract talks between Kyle Rudolph and the Vikings have broken down.
That means the team may look to move him.
The #Vikings had held active extension talks with veteran TE Kyle Rudolph, but those broke off this morning, sources say. With Minnesota drafting TE Irv Smith and Rudolph due $7.5M, this development could lead to a trade elsewhere. There is interest around the NFL.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 10, 2019
With the success that a number of teams, most notably the New England Patriots, have had with two tight end sets, it is no surprise that teams are interested.
Last season, Rudolph’s numbers were in line with where they’ve been throughout his consistent career. He caught 64 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns.
2016 was his strongest season, statistically. That year, he caught 83 balls for 840 yards, both career highs, as well as seven touchdowns.
For his full eight season NFL career to this point, Rudolph has 386 catches for 3,787 yards and 41 touchdowns.