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Vikings sign Rudolph to five-year contract extension

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated: July 27, 2014 - 9:48 PM

The Vikings announced Sunday night that they have agreed to a contract extension with 24-year-old tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph and the Vikings agreed to a five-year, $36.5 million contract with $19.4 million guaranteed, including all of his 2014 base salary, according to a source. The maximum value of the deal is $40 million.

“I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings,” Rudolph said in a statement. “I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal.”

Earlier this offseason, Rudolph, a second-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2011, expressed an interest in remaining with the Vikings long term. But talks had been quiet between the two sides for much of the offseason before picking up recently.

“I’m very excited to get this extension done with Kyle,” Spielman said in a statement. “We drafted him, he’s done a tremendous job since he’s been here. Our whole focus on moving forward in this organization is to draft our players, develop them and keep them here. He’s one of our young guys who is going to be a building block as we go forward in the future and just very excited to get this behind us so we can look forward to seeing him produce over the coming years.”

Rudolph had 109 career catches for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012 after scoring nine touchdowns.

Rudolph missed the final eight games of the 2013 season with a fractured foot, finishing the season with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns.

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