Kyle Rudolph Patriots rumors can officially stop

Ryan Hannable
June 11, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Ever since the NFL draft, there have been rumblings of the Vikings looking to deal tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Those can officially stop, as the tight end and the Vikings have officially agreed to a contract extension.

It's reportedly for four years and $36 million, which likely means he will finish his career in Minnesota. After drafting Irv Smith in April, the Vikings didn't feel comfortable paying Rudolph $7.5 million for the last year of his deal, and he didn't want to take a pay cut.

One of the teams mentioned the most in potentially acquiring him was the Patriots with Rob Gronkowski retiring and not much on their current depth chart. Rudolph certainly would have given the position a boost.

The current Patriots depth chart has Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck. It should also be noted Watson is suspended the first four games.

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