Skip to main content

Kyle Rudolph doing 'everything we can' to avoid being traded by Vikings

The 29-year-old tight end spoke Monday.
Kyle Rudolph

With trade speculation swirling since last week, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph on Monday made it clear that he wants to stay with the team that chose him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. 

"I've stated it many times: my family, myself, we want to be here, and we're going to do everything we can to be here," said Rudolph, via NFL.com, speaking at head coach Mike Zimmer's charity golf outing. 

"But that doesn't mean that if the alternative happens, and we do get traded, change happens. My focus each and every day is getting better as a player. When I’m better as a player, that will help this team be better, this offense be better."

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that contract extension talks between the Vikings and Rudolph broke down last week, a situation that could lead to a trade. 

Minnesota would free up more than $7 million by trading Rudolph. The money could be used to help sign the rest of the 2019 draft class. A trade would also put immediate pressure on rookie second-round pick Irv Smith Jr. to fill Rudolph's shoes. 

Rudolph, the 50th overall selection in the April draft, was a star at Alabama and is clearly the future tight end of the Vikings. But Rudolph believes he and Smith on the field together will create mismatches. 

“When we have two tight ends on the field, we can dictate the tempo of the play. We have control and not the defense," said Rudolph, noting that Minnesota typically plays with three wide receivers, one tight end and one running back, which usually leaves him lined up with a speedy defensive back. 

End of the day, Rudolph knows he's at risk of becoming a cap casualty, with business decisions possibly outweighing his desire to stay in Minnesota. 

“Business decisions have to be made. [Even] if we’re not here, if the Rudolph family is not here and we’re playing somewhere else, it doesn’t mean that our impact on this community would change,” Rudolph said. “Unfortunately, business decisions have to be made, and there’s a lot of good guys in this league. Unfortunately, being a good guy can’t outweigh business decisions that have to be made. I understand that."

Next Up

Rep. Tou Xiong

State lawmaker Tou Xiong apologizes after driving under the influence

The state representative was pulled over on the night of Jan. 8.

St Lukes Duluth GSV Pro

Duluth hospital requiring visitors to show vax proof, neg. test

The health care system is also tightening visitor guidelines.

ridgeview urgent care facebook

Ridgeview halting urgent care at a Twin Cities site 'until further notice'

The organization cited "growing emergency medical needs" at the facility.

polley freeborn county jail roster jan 2022 resize

Charges: MN high school counselor sexually assaulted student

The 16-year-old victim had regularly gone to him for academic help and other support, authorities say.

Proctor football

Proctor investigation: Senior charged with sexually assaulting teammate

The criminal charges come after a monthslong review of the allegations.

Screen Shot 2020-04-28 at 9.07.41 PM

Ordway will require vaccinated audience members also be boosted

If someone has not gotten a booster shot, they will have to show a negative COVID test.

Gophers basketball, Williams Arena, Gopher fans

U of M to require vaccine or negative test proof for large events

The policy doesn't go into effect until late-January.

Lauri Anne Deatherage

Man indicted for first-degree murder in ex-wife's death

He's accused of killing her days after she remarried.

Jackknifed semi I-94 Sauk Centre Jesse Grabow

Crashes, spinouts piling up as snow blankets southern MN

Snow is expected to continue throughout the day.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 14

More than 11,000 cases for a second day in a row.

Related

Kyle Rudolph

Report: Kyle Rudolph to sign with Giants

The former Vikings tight end has agreed to a two-year deal.

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph inks extension: 'Our home, will always be...in Minnesota!'

The Vikings have confirmed the contract extension with Rudolph.

Agent says Rudolph won't be cap casualty for the Vikings

Rudolph is entering the final year of his contract.

Report: 'No way' Rudolph will take less money from Vikings

Rudolph has said he'd like the Vikings to make a decision sooner than later.

Kyle Rudolph

Wide Left: Vikings need to find a way to keep Kyle Rudolph

Diehard fan Blair Anderson wants the Vikings to dig for quarters in the couch.

Kyle Rudolph

Watch: Vikings create tribute video for Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph's 10-year tenure with the Vikings ended when he was released on Tuesday.