Vikings sign first-round pick Bradbury, restructure Kendricks' deal

Paola Ditto
Mag 15, 2019

Rudolph, 29, reiterated his desire to stay with the Vikings but said a quick resolution would benefit both sides regardless of where he lands.

"Change happens", Rudolph said.

Zimmer, Minnesota's head coach for the past five of Rudolph's eight National Football League seasons, said his charity tournament was not the proper place for an in-depth discussion about Rudolph.

"The term "mismatch" gets thrown around a lot and being in 11 personnel, having three wide receivers, you can be a pass-catching tight end and you're not necessarily creating mismatches because there's not an extra DB on the field". "Quite honestly, I really love all my players".

If business does get in the way and Rudolph gets shipped somewhere else, it seems that the tight end, who has spent his entire eight-year career in Minnesota, is starting to mentally prepare himself for that possibility. Although Rudolph is now a member of the Vikings, he doesn't seem to have any idea if he'll actually be playing for them in 2019.

The Vikings have $738,054 of cap room and need to sign Bradbury to a deal with a 2019 cap number of $2.342 million.

The Vikings have tried to pay everybody - they've given big contracts to Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen over the past 12 months - but it appears that Rudolph might end up being the odd guy out. He said talks between agent Brian Murphy and the Vikings began "recently" and that he hopes they continue.

"I don't want to be dealing with this come (organized team activities), minicamp, training camp", Rudolph said. "I think we want clarity". I think the Vikings want clarity; I think we want clarity.

"Obviously, it's a hard situation, so there's a lot of complex things that go into it". As a leader of this offense, as a guy who's been around here a long time, that's me getting better in my game individually.

Bradbury could start at center as a rookie.

For a brief moment, as Mike Zimmer and Kyle Rudolph chatted and laughed before a round of golf Monday at Zimmer's inaugural tournament benefitting his charity, it was easy to forget all the pressure that surrounds the Vikings and their looming decision with Rudolph, their two-time Pro Bowl tight end. "I'm completely on-board with the philosophy of, you have to take the best player, and he was the best player available at that time". I think he can help our offense.

"I've had conversations with Kyle", Zimmer said. "It's good that I can put this to rest and get back to football".

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