Vikings cut TE Kyle Rudolph after 10 years for cap savings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have released two-time Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph.

This ends his 10-season run with the team. The move creates a little more than $5 million in salary cap space.

Rudolph is fifth in franchise history with both 453 catches and 48 touchdown receptions. He was due to make $7.65 million in 2021. The Vikings will carry a salary cap hit of $4.35 million in dead money this season. Rudolph was the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for community service.