Kyle Rudolph, Vikings agree on deal
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Think of the five-year contract extension Kyle Rudolph received on Sunday night as both a good-faith deposit and a mechanism to ensure some cost certainty, Ben Goessling writes. Story
The contract is a five-year deal worth a minimum of $36.5 million, and could be worth up to $40 million, according to a league source.
Rudolph is guaranteed $19.4 million in the new deal. He'll receive a $6.5 million signing bonus and a $960,000 guaranteed base salary this season, while the remaining $12 million of the guarantees are for injury only.
"I'm extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings," Rudolph said in a statement. "I've said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I'm excited about where this team is going. I'm looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal."
Rudolph, 24, has 109 receptions for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in 39 games over three seasons with Minnesota.
Rudolph, a second-round pick of the Vikings in 2011, was named Pro Bowl MVP in his lone appearance in 2012.
"Our whole focus on moving forward in this organization is to draft our players, develop them and keep them here," Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. "He's one of our young guys who is going to be a building block as we go forward in the future and just very excited to get this behind us so we can look forward to seeing him produce over the coming years."
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