Kyle Rudolph's contract basically kills all possibility of trade to Patriots

The Minnesota Vikings moved a step closer to clinching a playoff berth after defeating the Detroit Lions on Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings moved a step closer to clinching a playoff berth after defeating the Detroit Lions on Sunday

Kyle Rudolph arrived home Monday on the eve of the start of Vikings minicamp with welcome news for his family.

Rudolph signed a four-year deal worth $36 million with the Vikings, which has him under contract through the 2023 season, according to multiple media reports. We want to stay here.

"It certainly embodies the win-now mentality", Rudolph said.

"I feel better now, from a physical standpoint, at 29 than I did at 21", he said. "But with their leadership, they're providing us with every resource imaginable to win now, but also to win for a long time".

Rudolph was due $7.625 million entering this upcoming season with all of the money counting against the salary cap. Now, quarterback Kirk Cousins will have that many more weapons in his arsenal to make a Super Bowl run in 2019. "We got a taste of it two years ago".

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What the Vikings want to do offensively can not happen without Rudolph on the roster. Those odds increased after Minnesota drafted former Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr.in the second round (No. 50 overall) of this year's draft, adding another pass-catching tight end to the roster. Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski said Smith had been coming along during the offseason program.

Rudolph relayed the news with a message on Twitter.

However, Rudolph has expressed excitement about the possibilities of playing with two tight ends.

"The Patriots aren't about to give up a premium pick, and I don't mean a first-round pick, a premium pick for a guy going into the previous year of his contract at this time", Schefter said Friday on WEEI. "I watch Kyle as much as I can and he watches me".

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