The Minnesota Vikings have released veteran Kyle Rudolph, the tight end announced in a story he wrote for The Players’ Tribune.
Thank you Minnesota!! Although my time as a Viking has come to a close, my time as a MINNESOTAN is just getting started! https://t.co/eb2aP3O4vo
— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) March 2, 2021
Rudolph, 31, was drafted in the second round by the Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. The Cincinnati native made two Pro Bowls in his 10 seasons in Minnesota. He has 453 catches for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdown receptions in his career. Among his many great moments as a Viking was the game-winning touchdown catch in the 2019 playoffs to give the team a win over the Saints.
Although he was a solid tight end for the team, Rudolph was targeted less than Irv Smith Jr., the tight end the Vikings selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. With Smith Jr emerging, the move to release Rudolph was something both sides can benefit from.
Now Rudolph will be a free agent who can sign with any team. There will be several teams looking for tight end help that will look in Rudolph’s direction.
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