Vikings release Kyle Rudolph after a decade

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Minnesota Vikings have released tight end Kyle Rudolph. He spent the past decade with the team.

Big Country was a second-round draft pick by the Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft. As a street-free agent, he has time to find a new home before the new league year on March 17th.

Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph makes a reception against the Carolina Panthers
Kyle Rudolph makes a reception against the Carolina Panthers (Photo by Kyle Rudolph/Instagram)

“From the moment we drafted Kyle as a young man out of Notre Dame in 2011, through his 10th season with the Vikings in 2020, he has been one of the premier tight ends in the NFL and most influential and positive leaders I’ve ever been around,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “Kyle and Jordan have made such an immeasurable impact on our team and community that may never be matched. The energy they have invested in the community, most notably through the End Zone at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, is truly remarkable. I admire Kyle, and we will miss him and his family. We sincerely wish them the best.”

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With the Vikings cutting ties with Rudolph, the team will make Irv Smith their starting tight end. That’s unless they go out and sign a free agent for the role.

This past season, Rudolph had 28 receptions for 334 yards in 12 games. He also had one touchdown.

The best season of his career came during the 2016 season when he had a career-high 83 receptions. He had a career-high 840 yards and seven touchdowns.

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In his career, he has appeared in 140 games, including 132 starts. He has had 453 receptions for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns.

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