We’re getting ready for the start of free agency in the National Football League, with the “legal tampering” period set to get underway on Monday. While we’ve been waiting for the Minnesota Vikings to do things to clear out some salary cap space, one of the things that most of us have been assuming is that tight end Kyle Rudolph would be restructuring his deal to help with that.
If that’s going to happen, the front office better get on it. . .because, reportedly, it hasn’t happened yet.
Agent Brian Murphy of @AthletesFirst with a statement: "Despite rumors, #Vikings are not in negotiations with Kyle Rudolph, have not asked him to take a pay reduction and have told us explicitly that Rudy will not only be on the team this year, but hopefully for years to come.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2019
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Kyle Rudolph’s agent has said that the Vikings have not only not approached Rudolph about restructuring his deal, but they’ve told Rudolph that they hope he’ll be on the team for years to come.
As things stand right now, Rudolph has a cap figure for 2019 of $7.625 million, which is the 11th-highest on the roster. Rudolph is going into the final year of his contract, and it wouldn’t cost the team anything to cut him, but if they were to give him some sort of extension it could potentially lower his cap hit for this year.
I understand that we’re getting into the “silly season” of free agency rumors and other roster shenanigans, but this seems like an odd thing for a player’s agent to put out there if it wasn’t true. This is something that we’re definitely going to be keeping an eye on to see how things develop.