Longtime Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph released

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Updated: March 03, 2021 07:00 PM
Created: March 02, 2021 04:57 PM

One of the longtime members of the Minnesota Vikings won't be on the team this season.

The club announced on Tuesday that it had released tight end Kyle Rudolph, who spent 10 years with the team after being picked 43rd overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The 31-year-old was utilized much less last season, totaling just 28 catches for 334 yards and one touchdown over 12 games. It was his fewest touchdowns during any season in his career, his third-lowest number of receptions and the fourth-fewest yards.

Over 140 games for the Vikings, Rudolph amassed 453 catches, 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns.

He and his wife, Jordan, are also widely known for the large impact they make in the community and through their work with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

"From the moment we drafted Kyle as a young man out of Notre Dame in 2011, through his 10th season with the Vikings in 2020, he has been one of the premier tight ends in the NFL and most influential and positive leaders I’ve ever been around. Kyle and Jordan have made such an immeasurable impact on our team and community that may never be matched," Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said. "The energy they have invested in the community, most notably through the End Zone at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, is truly remarkable. I admire Kyle and we will miss him and his family. We sincerely wish them the best."

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer added, "Kyle has been a leader and mentor for us on and off the field from the first day I arrived in Minnesota. He has been such an important part of this team and community throughout his career and it has been an honor to coach him the last seven seasons. He will be missed, and we wish him and his family nothing but the best."

Rudolph also tweeted, "Thank you Minnesota!! Although my time as a Viking has come to a close, my time as a MINNESOTAN is just getting started!"

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