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Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph confirmed on Wednesday that the team offered him a five-year contract extension, but he has not accepted it. The extension would keep him under contract through his age-35 season in 2024. He is scheduled to make $7.275 million in the final deal of his contract, but none of it is guaranteed and the Vikings are looking to gain salary cap space. Rudolph has been told that other teams are also interested in trading for him. Head coach Mike Zimmer believes that Rudolph will remain with the team, but Minnesota also drafted tight end Irv Smith in the second round, so they have some insurance. Rudolph's 2019 fantasy value will depend on whether he sticks in Minnesota or lands somewhere else, but he's become a touchdown-dependent, low-end TE1 in recent seasons.
The Minnesota Vikings continue to discuss a contract extension with tight end Kyle Rudolph, but neither side has made much progress, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Minnesota has also offered Rudolph a five-year extension which would give him a new-money average among the highest paid tight ends in the NFL. An extension would also likely reduce his current salary cap number of $7.625 million. The source said the Vikes haven't asked Rudolph to take a pay cut in the final year of his current deal in 2018. The team drafted tight end Irv Smith in the second round last month, leading many to believe that Rudolph would be gone. Rudolph can be a solid red-zone fantasy weapon, but he's dependent on those touchdowns and could see a lighter workload with Smith now in the fold if he remains in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings broke off contract talks with tight end Kyle Rudolph on Friday morning, according to sources. Rudolph is due $7.5 million and could be a trade candidate after the Vikes selected Irv Smith in last month's draft. The 29-year-old Rudolph would still have a role in Minnesota if he stayed in 2019, but he'd obviously lose some looks to the rookie down the middle of the field. Rudolph had 64 catches for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, but he's become more of a low-end, touchdown-dependent TE1 in recent seasons. A trade elsewhere would be the best for his fantasy value.
Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas was sentenced to three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to a felony marijuana possession charge from a January arrest. He will be required to undergo random testing and a chemical-dependency evaluation as part of his probation. Thomas could also face additional discipline from the NFL in the form of a suspension. Thomas was active for only five games in 2018 and will battle Mike Boone for the third spot on the depth chart behind Dalvin Cook and third-round pick Alexander Mattison. You can ignore the 23-year-old in fantasy drafts.
The Minnesota Vikings declined wide receiver Laquon Treadwell's fifth-year team option for 2020 on Wednesday. Treadwell has been a disappointment since being taken with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2016 draft. He'll make $1.804 million this year and can become a free agent next March. Treadwell has caught 56 passes for 517 yards and one touchdown in his three seasons with Minnesota and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.