Vikings part ways with Kyle Rudolph

Contract terminated for veteran TE to free up cap space
Vikings bid farewell to TE Kyle Rudolph
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The Vikings are parting ways with Kyle Rudolph.

The team has terminated the contract of the veteran tight end, to free up salary cap space ahead of free agency.

Rudolph spent 10 seasons with the Vikings after being drafted out of Notre Dame.  He is 5th all-time in receptions and receiving TDs for the Vikings, and first in those categories for tight ends.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman says Rudolph will be missed on and off the field.

"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."

Rudolph also has been very active off the field in the community, being nominated three consecutive seasons for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

In a Tweet, Rudolph says he will remain a Minnesotan even though his time as a Viking is over.