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1.Report: MIN hasn't asked Rudolph to take... (Rotoworld) Profootballtalk reports the Vikings have not asked Kyle Rudolph to take a pay cut. Analysis: PFT also reports the Vikes have offered Rudolph a five-year extension, one that would give him a "new-money average among the highest paid tight ends in the league." As PFT alludes to, that might end up little more than an accounting trick to lower Rudolph's $7.625 million cap number for 2019. Divorce still seems to be the most likely outcome here.3 days
2.Kyle Rudolph 'too young' to take pay cut (Rotoworld) Kyle Rudolph said he is "too young" to take a pay cut. Analysis: Owed $7.275 million in the final year of his contract, Rudolph has been the subject of both trade and extension rumors for the cap-strapped Vikings, although the former seems more likely after Minnesota drafted Irv Smith in the second round. Rudolph says he wants to stick around, but he also wants the situation resolved in the near future. The Vikings would save $7.625 million against the cap by releasing or trading Rudolph.3 days
3.Kyle Rudolph hoping for quick resolution (Rotoworld) Speaking Monday, Kyle Rudolph said he was hoping for a quick resolution to his status with the Vikings. Analysis: "We’re in a tough situation as a team," Rudolph said, philosophically. "Can’t keep everybody, can’t pay everybody. Those guys, I know, are working really hard to figure out something." The reality is, Rudolph's fate was sealed when the Vikings used a second-round pick on Alabama TE Irv Smith. An extension is not coming down the pipe. Due $7.5 million this season, Rudolph will be a candidate for release absent a trade.6 days