Kyle Rudolph finally got what he wanted.
The Vikings tight end on Monday agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $36 million, NFL Media reported.
Rudolph seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter.
— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) June 11, 2019
“Just under a decade ago, I received a phone call that would change my life. On that day, all I knew is that I would be playing in the NFL, realizing my childhood dream. What I didn’t know was the role the state of Minnesota would play in my life,” Rudolph wrote.
“Marrying my wife and establish[ing] our home … in Minnesota. Experiencing the birth of my 3 beautiful children … in Minnesota. Starting a journey to better the lives of children dealing with a disease that doesn’t discriminate … in Minnesota. Giving everything I can possibly give, professionally and personally, to the greatest sports franchise and its fans … in Minnesota. And I am honored beyond words to say that my home, our home will always be … in Minnesota! #UnfinishedBusiness.”
There were talks about Rudolph actually taking a pay cut earlier this offseason as he entered the final year of his contract set to pay him $7.275 million. However, he was interested in offering the Vikings any salary cap relief.
“No way … I am too young for that,” Rudolph told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Rudolph, 29, was selected out of Notre Dame with the 43rd overall pick of the 2011 draft and has remained in Minnesota since, racking up two Pro Bowl selections during his tenure. He logged 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns while playing all 16 regular-season games for the fourth consecutive year last season.
He ranks ninth on the franchise’s all-time receiving yards (3,787) list and eighth in catches (386). Since’s being drafted he’s 10th among tight ends in catches (386), 12th in receiving yards (3,787) and fourth in touchdowns (41).