So what now for the longtime tight end?onVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsVikings and Kyle Rudolph break off contract extension talksNew Linval Joseph Jersey ,225commentsSo what now for the longtime tight end?CDTShareTweetShareShareVikings and Kyle Rudolph break off contract extension talksTim Fuller-USA TODAY SportsWhen the Minnesota Vikings headed into the offseason last December everyone knew that they would be fairly tight up against the salary cap, and they would need to either re-structure some deals with current players or release them.One of the players that many people thought the Vikings would work a new deal with was veteran tight end and Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph, who is entering the last year of his contract, is scheduled to make over $7.6 million this year, with no dead money against the cap.Earlier in the off-season, it seemed like a re-structure or extension was almost a foregone conclusion. Rudolph said he was open to it, and it seemed like a logical move for both the player and the team. But as free agency drew closer...nothing happened. Then on the eve of the new league year, it was announced by Rudolph’s agent that there would be no re-structure Kirk Cousins Jersey , and he would remain with the team in 2019.Now, it appears things have taken another turn:Rudolph’s name has also been mentioned as possible trade bait, and with an inability to get a new deal done, this seems like more and more of a possibility, as alluded to by Ian Rapoport. The Vikings are less than a million dollars under the salary cap per Spotrac, and still need some wiggle room to sign their top draft pick, Garrett Bradbury. So one way or another, a move regarding Rudolph seems to be coming soon. One of the teams that Rudolph has been linked to as a possible trade partner has been the New England Patriots Adrian Peterson Jersey , who are sitting almost $15 million dollars under the salary cap. They also have an obscene 14 picks coming up in the 2020 draft, to include three third round picks, two fourth, three sixth, and four picks in the seventh round. Rudolph for a third? Yeah, I’d do that deal. Rudolph for a four and a six? Yeah, I’d probably do that deal, too. Or the Vikings could just flat out release him John Randle Jersey , which would free up $7.6 million in cap space. If I’m the Patriots, why give up a draft pick right now if you think that could happen? Wait until they know for sure whether or not he’ll be released, and make your move when his status has been resolved. A trade will still be there once his contract status is settled, unless of course there’s another team in the mix.Still, a trade isn’t a foregone conclusion. If the Vikings decide to keep Rudolph, who I think would work well with TE Irv Smith in this new offense, they could look to re-do a couple deals of other vets to give them cap relief. Just by converting part of the base salary of either Linval Joseph or Xavier Rhodes into a signing bonus, for example Alan Page Jersey , the Vikings could clear enough space to ink Bradbury. Rhodes is scheduled to make $13.3 million in base salary, while Joseph is scheduled to make $10.6 million. So another move is coming by the Vikings, be it trade or a vet re-structure. Whether it involves Kyle Rudolph remains to be seen, but it appears as if this is coming to a resolution that doesn’t involve him playing with the Vikings, or at his 2019 salary...or both. Mike Zimmer finally got his defensive back" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteDaily Norsemana Minnesota Vikings communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryVikingsOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsFiled under:Minnesota Vikings 2019 NFL Draft2019 NFL Draft Grades: Let us know what you think about the selection of Marcus EppsNew,11commentsMike Zimmer finally got his defensive backCDTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL Draft Grades: Let us know what you think about the selection of Marcus EppsRon Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsWith the second of their three sixth-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings finally allowed Mike Zimmer to scratch his defensive back itch.The Vikings drafted University of Wyoming defensive back Marcus Epps with the 191st overall pick in this year’s draft, and I’ve got to be honest. . .I don’t know a whole lot about the guy. It appears that he’s a safety Randy Moss Jersey , but other than that I’m not really all that knowledgeable about him.Here’s a bit of a scouting report on him from the Vikings’ team website.(That’s from 2017. They didn’t have much on him from 2018. Neither does anyone else, for that matter.)So, what does everyone think of the selection? Let us know here!