Minnesota Vikings confirmed On Tuesday, they released two-time Pro Bowl tight end and 10-year-old NFL club veteran Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph also addressed the transaction via an article posted by The players’ stand.

According to Michael david smith of Pro Football Talk, Rudolph is said to have counted $ 9.45 million against the salary cap for the 2021 season under his three-year contract. His base salary was $ 7.65 million and the Vikings save $ 5 million in ceiling space by parting with him.

Rudolph, 31, ended his final season with the Vikings on reserve injured due to a foot problem that cost him four consecutive games. In 12 games, he recorded 28 receptions for 334 yards and just one touchdown. Although he made Pro Bowl teams in 2012 and 2017, his overall production has declined in each of the past two seasons.

As is the case in most years, the 2021 NFL Draft Class is filled with potential replacements for an aging tight end that is not worth the money at a time when the salary cap is likely to decrease due to the financial losses suffered during the 2020 season which unfolded amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota could also look to trade in for a proven product such as David njoku from tight end of the Cleveland Browns or New York Giants and former first-round pick Evan Engram.