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Thread: Minnesota Vikings Sign Kyle Rudolph To 5 Year Contract Extension

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    Minnesota Vikings Sign Kyle Rudolph To 5 Year Contract Extension

    Minnesota Vikings Sign Kyle Rudolph To 5 Year Contract Extension
    By Ted Glover @purplebuckeye on Jul 28 2014, 12:10a

    The third year TE out of Notre Dame just made some bank

    TE Kyle Rudolph, who is already 5th in team history for career touchdowns by a tight end, signed a five year contract extension late Saturday. According to the man with the coolest name in beat writer history, the deal is worth $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed.

    Rudolph, a second round pick out of Notre Dame in 2011, is one of the better tight ends in the NFL, and is having a very good training camp so far. He looks to be a serious weapon that Norv Turner wants to utilize, and the Vikings were happy they could get him locked up for another five years.


    Rick Spielman released a statement regarding the extension. Because we are trained in the ways of doublespeak*, subterfuge**, and a little bit of espionage***, we can decipher what Rick actually meant from what he really said.

    *We really can't. Not even sure I know what doublespeak means.

    **Isn't a subterfuge that thing where particles collide?

    ***If by espionage, you mean 'We know how to drink beer', then yeah, we're trained.

    As always, what Rick said is in quotes, and what he really meant is right below.****

    ****I can't emphasize enough that I have no idea what he really meant. Pure conjecture on my part.

    What Rick Said:
    I'm very excited to get this extension done with Kyle. 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.
    What Rick Meant: I'm really happy that at least one of the guys we picked from the 2011 draft is going to be around past his rookie contract. I tell you that our focus is drafting, developing, and moving forward with our players, but when you look at the class of 2011, you might hear me say that and then spit Diet Coke through your nose from laughing. I mean, other than Rudolph and Brandon Fusco, that draft class turned out to be a tire fire, didn't it? Hopefully, a few years from now, we'll still have Fusco too, and people will look back on that class and go 'well, it was okay in spite of drafting Christian Ponder'. I mean, I doubt they will, but HEY LOOK KYLE RUDOLPH WOOO!

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    Kyle Rudolph's Deal Another Team-Friendly One For Minnesota
    By Christopher Gates @DailyNorseman on Jul 28 2014, 3:51a

    We've said numerous times in this space before that Rob Brzezinski is the best salary cap guy in the National Football League. If he's not, he has to be near the top of the list somewhere. The new contract extension signed by tight end Kyle Rudolph on Sunday was another display of his prowess.

    On the surface, the contract is a five-year deal that could pay Rudolph as much as $40.5 million. However, when one delves deeper into the contract. . .as ESPN's Ben Goessling has. . .you can see that there isn't a whole lot of risk for the Minnesota Vikings.

    . . .they got a deal done that could pay Rudolph up to $40.5 million, but presently carries a practical guarantee of just $7.46 million. He'll receive a $960,000 base salary in 2014, according to a league source, as well as a $6.5 million signing bonus.

    There's another $12 million of guaranteed money, but that's currently slated to come to Rudolph in case of injury only, until it becomes fully realized at some point in the future if Rudolph is still on the roster on the third day of a given league year (or years, if the remaining guaranteed money is spread over several different seasons). That's the same mechanism the New Orleans Saints used in Jimmy Graham's deal -- and Rudolph's guaranteed money is only $1.5 million less than Graham's -- but unlike Rudolph, Graham got $13 million guaranteed at the time of signing the deal.
    So, as Goessling says, Rudolph won't be getting paid like a top-flight tight end unless he's producing like one. In either scenario. . .whether he's earning that type of money or not. . .it's a good thing for the Vikings.

    Rudolph was on pace to have his best season before suffering a season-ending foot injury on a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys. After his career-best 53-catch, 493-yard, nine-touchdown performance in 2012, he had 30 catches for 313 yards and three more scores before his injury.

    The Rudolph deal is another in a series of contracts that has the Vikings giving players deals that appear to be worth a lot of money on the surface, but are actually very team-friendly. Interestingly, a couple of examples come from an article at Grantland about the NFL's worst contracts. While the article cites the deals given to wide receiver Greg Jennings and defensive end Everson Griffen, Goessling points out that neither of those are "bad" for the team.

    Jennings' deal has no more guaranteed money after this season, and Griffen's deal has all the guaranteed money coming in the first two years of the contract. Again, if they earn anything beyond the guarantees, that means they're producing, which means the Vikings would be quite happy to pay them that money.

    All-in-all, this appears to be another feather in the cap of Rob Brzezinski and the Minnesota Vikings' front office. With tight ends having a reputation for flourishing in Norv Turner's offenses, it's probably a good thing for the Vikings that they got this deal done sooner rather than later.

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