Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


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Vikings haven't approached Kyle Rudolph about a contract extension

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated: April 15, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Kyle Rudolph is entering the final year of his rookie contract and he would like to stick around beyond 2014, but he said today that the Vikings have not approached him about an extension.

“I've really enjoyed my time here, from the top down, in our organization,” said Rudolph, who was participating in the team’s volunteer offseason workout program. “I think we have the best owners in football. They're willing to do anything for us to win. Everybody in the front office, the new staff, I really like the direction this team is going in. I'm excited to be a part of that future."

Rudolph is also excited about the present. The left foot he fractured during the season has been fully healed for about two months now and he has been studying tape of the Cleveland Browns from last season so he can get a feel for how he will be utilized in Norv Turner’s new offense.

After going to the Pro Bowl in 2012, Rudolph was limited to just eight games in 2013. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns before injuring his foot in early November.

Rudolph said that if and when the Vikings want to open negotiations for a new deal, he will listen.

"That's completely up to them,” the 24-year-old said. “Obviously, I would love to be here for a while, but that's something you'd have to ask them. It's all on their terms, obviously."

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