The Minnesota Vikings released two-time Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph on Tuesday, ending his 10-season run with the team to create a little more than $5 million in salary cap space. Rudolph is fifth in franchise history with both 453 catches and 48 touchdown receptions. Rudolph, who caught the winning touchdown pass from Cousins in overtime of Minnesota's win at New Orleans in the wild-card round of the playoffs after the 2019 season, had his usage in the passing game drop off considerably over the past two years as the Vikings leaned hard on running back Dalvin Cook and their top two wide receivers.
The Minnesota Vikings released two-time Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Rudolph spent 10 seasons with the Vikings since being a second-round pick in the 2011 draft. "I got so lucky, because -- I didn't just get drafted by some team who 'had a need at tight end,'" Rudolph wrote in The Players' Tribune.
The quarterback carousel has begun to spin around the NFL for the second straight offseason, with even the slight potential of further movement creating a flurry of speculation about who will man these vital positions for certain teams once the cuts, signings and trades are settled. The Minnesota Vikings don't plan to put Kirk Cousins on the ride, according to general manager Rick Spielman in comments made Wednesday.