Vikings release their longest tenured player, tight end Kyle Rudolph
March 3, 2021
Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings' longest tenured player, was released Tuesday in a move that provides financial relief to a salary cap-strapped team.
The 31-year-old tight end played 10 seasons with the Vikings and now will seek a more impactful role on another team in free agency.
The move was an expected step for the Vikings, as Rudolph publicly expressed his desire for a change after spending much of 2020 in a blocking role; he was also public with his opposition to negotiations about restructuring his contract.