Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has acknowledged that he won't be accepting any pay cuts this offseason. Rudolph, who expressed his displeasure over how he was used in the offense in the past two years, restructured his deal in 2019 to give the Vikings more flexibility.
This offseason, there is a chance the Vikings will ask Rudolph to again restructure his contract. "Obviously, I'm realistic. I see both sides," Rudolph said on the "Unrestricted with Ben Leber" podcast.
"If I were [team owners] the Wilfs, if I were [general manager] Rick [Spielman], I'm looking at this situation like, 'Hey, we're paying this guy a lot of money and you're not using him, so why are we continuing to pay him a lot of money?' "With that being said, I think I'm worth every dime of my contract.
That doesn't mean that I'm used to my potential and I'm used to do what I do well, so it will be interesting over the next few months. Like I said, I have three years left on my contract. I don't want to go anywhere else.
I've somehow become a pretty decent blocker because I've been forced to. It certainly wasn't something that I ever did well at any point of my career. Maybe in high school because I was bigger than everyone else, but even then, I just wanted to run around and catch balls."
"Early on last season, the writing was on the wall," Rudolph continued. "I saw where our offense was going. I had like seven or eight catches in the first six games. It was just absurd. I was literally blocking all the time."
Rudolph scheduled to earn $7.65 million next season
Rudolph underlined that there is absolutely no chance he accepts to again restructure his current deal. "It wouldn't happen," he said. "You only get to play this game for so many years, and I feel like I have a lot of good football left.
Now we fast forward, I've played these three years on my contract and I'm now 33, 34 and they're like, 'Hey, we want to keep you around for a couple years at a much lower number, but we want you to do X, Y and Z help these young guys out' -- sign me up.
"But like I said, at 31, with how I feel physically, with knowing what I can still do ... it's simply a lack of opportunities. In the past, I was the one getting red zone targets. I can't sign up for that again."