Kyle Rudolph Agrees to Contract Extension With Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after catching the ball for a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 17, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings have elected to keep Kyle Rudolph despite being rumored to want to trade the star tight end after he revealed that he wouldn't take a pay cut to remain with the organization.

On Monday night, the Vikings agreed to a contract extension with the former Notre Dame star that's worth $36 million over four years, keeping him in Minny through the 2023 season.

Rudolph, who was set to become a free agent next year, was actually the first to break the news as he took to Twitter to reveal the deal in an emotional post.

Yeah, we'll hazard a guess and say that the two-time Pro Bowler was keen on calling U.S. Bank Stadium his home for the remainder of his career all along.

In retrospect, it's actually a great deal for both sides, as the 29-year-old vet's new deal is expected to lower his cap hit of $7.625 million, which, of course, helps the Vikings' current financial situation.

Since he entered the NFL in 2011, Rudolph ranks 10th in receptions, 12th in receiving yards, and fourth in touchdown catches among all tight ends -- production that simply could not have been found on the open market.