Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has made it clear he wants to continue calling U.S. Bank Stadium his home for the foreseeable future. But at the same time, he knows that other teams would be in the market for his services if Minnesota wasn't prepared to cough up the money he believes he deserves.
In a recent interview with Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rudolph said he's not prepared to take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings.
In fact, the 29-year-old stud replied, "No way" to a question about taking less money and then added, "No I won't. I am too young for that."
Ironically enough, the Vikings were considering docking Rudolph's pay back in March, but his agent Brian Murphy slammed any speculation on that possibility, ensuring the two-time Pro-Bowler would remain in Minnesota.
The former Notre Dame standout is set to rake in $7.5 million this upcoming season. The Vikings have recently had to restructure other contracts (LB Eric Kendricks) to sign draft picks to rookie deals.
It's worth noting, however, Minnesota added potential cover by drafting Alabama tight end Irv Smith in the second round in April just in case the franchise doesn't fulfill Rudolph's wishes.
The veteran pass-catcher hauled in 65 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season, his lowest TD tally since 2014. What does the future hold for him and this team? Right now, his status is clear as mud.