At this point in his career it’s safe to call Kyle Rudolph a bargain. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract the Minnesota Vikings tight end is set to make ‘just’ $956,343 in base salary. As one of the best young TEs in the NFL, he’s obviously due a raise someday in the near future. If the Vikings aren’t willing to give him one, some other team will be.
Rudolph has even opened up about his want for a new contract to the Pioneer Press:
“Obviously, my financial situation is completely in their hands right now. I’ve got one year left on my deal here and I’m extremely excited for the changes that have been made around here. All I can worry about is going out and being successful. The contract will take care of itself..I’d be more than happy to stay here for a long time.”
The TE is making it clear that he wants to stay in Minnesota long-term, and the Vikings better listen. Allowing him to hit the free agent market next season would be a huge mistake. Everyone can see the role TEs play in today’s NFL, and Vikings fans can see first hand what Rudolph brings to the table. He’s a beast — no ifs, ands or buts about it.
If the Vikings want to insure a reliable target for Teddy Bridgewater down the road, they need to get to talking new contract with Rudolph sooner rather than later. He’s proven he’s the real deal, and also that his best years are likely to come. There’s simply no reason to not extend the man in the very near future.