Veteran players could feel the pinch of the expected decline in 2021 due to the still raging COVID-19 pandemic.
One such player is the Vikings’ tight-end Kyle Rudolph, who, based on dwindling production, snaps and a high contract, is a good example of a player who could be released and / or asked to take a drastic pay cut.
From Rudolf’s point of view, he deserves all that his contract entails, telling the Unlimited with the Ben Leber podcast that he is “worth every penny.”
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“That said, I think I’m worth every penny of my contract. That does not mean I’m used to my potential and I’m used to doing what I do well, so it’s going to be interesting in over the next few months.As I said I have three years left on my contract.I do not want to go anywhere else.I have somehow become a pretty decent block because I have been forced to it.It was definitely “Not that I ever did well at any point in my career. Maybe in high school because I was bigger than everyone else, but even then I just wanted to run around and catch balls.”
In 2019, the Vikings extended Rudolf’s contract to lower the cap-hit just two months after the drafting of Irv Smith Jr. in the second round. Rudolph has three years left on his contract. His capshit in 2020 is at $ 9.45 million. Vikes would save $ 5.1 million on the ceiling by cutting TE by $ 4.35 million in dead money.
Unfortunately for Rudolph, the Vikings are sitting at $ 12.8 million above the expected wage ceiling for 2021 per capita. Over The Cap.
Rudolph generated just 28 catches for 334 yards and a career-low a TD in 12 games by 2020.
“Early last season, the writing was on the wall,” Rudolph said. “I saw where our offense went. I had like seven or eight catches in the first six games. It was just absurd. I blocked literally all the time.”
Asked if the Vikings approached him about a pay cut, Rudolph was clear on his position on the matter.