Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph not pleased with usage, won’t accept pay cut

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph knows his worth, and he won’t be granting any discounts ahead of his 11th season in the NFL.

In an appearance on the “Unrestricted with Ben Leber” podcast, Rudolph expressed displeasure with his role in the Vikings’ offense over the past two seasons, having gone from Minnesota’s second- or third-leading receiver from 2015 to 2018 to being an afterthought in the passing game in 2020.

Minnesota is projected to be $12.8 million over the cap ahead of the new league year and would gain $5.1 million in cap space if it was to release Rudolph this offseason (which comes with $4.35 million in dead money). The Vikings also could restructure Rudolph’s current deal, with three years remaining, to lower his 2021 cap number from $9.45 million to nearly half.

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