The Minnesota Vikings signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a five-year contract extension that may be worth up to $40 million.
The Minnesota Vikings locked up tight end Kyle Rudolph by signing him to a new contract. They gave him a five-year extension that is worth $36.5 million, but it could be worth up to $40 million.
This makes him the fifth-highest paid tight end in the NFL, and $19.4 million of his contract will be guaranteed money.
Rudolph has never reached 500 receiving yards in his career, and he sat out eight games last season with a fractured foot. However, the former Notre Dame tight end has emerged as a reliable red-zone threat for the Vikings. He finished with 493 yards and nine touchdown catches in 2012.
Rudolph finished with 30 catches and 313 yards in eight games in 2013, so he was on pace for career highs.
With Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings and reportedly being seriously considered to start right away, Rudolph may see a boost in his stats if Bridgewater pans out as expected.
Rudolph will also benefit from having Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator since he has been known to bring out the best in his tight ends, such as Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron.