Vikings Give TE Kyle Rudolph a 4-Year, $36 Million Extension

Kyle Rudolph. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Kyle Rudolph will stay with Minnesota Vikings after all. Following months of speculation about Rudolph’s future, Vikings decided to make things more clear and give the 29-year-old Pro Bowler a four-year contract extension.

Although Minnesota didn’t disclose the financial terms of the contract, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the deal is worth $36 million.

“It was extremely important to my wife, Jordan, and me,” – said Rudolph in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Quite frankly, our only objective in this was to stay here in Minnesota. This is home for us. We want to stay here. We know how important it is to this fan base and the state of Minnesota to bring that first championship here, and now my sole focus is on that — just playing my roles on this team to the best of my ability and going out and trying to lead this team to a championship.”

Rudolph, who caught 64 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season, also expressed his excitement about the new deal via his social media.

Kyle Rudolph came to the NFL in 2011 after Minnesota Vikings drafted him with a 43rd overall pick. After inconsistent first several years in the league, Rudolph became an important part of Vikings’ offense. During his eight seasons with the organization, the caught 386 passes for 3,787 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Rudolph’s other career highlights include two Pro Bowl selections and Pro Bowl MVP honors.