The Vikings are set to release TE Kyle Rudolph, NFL Network reports. Rudolph remained useful last year, ranking 21st among 43 qualifying TEs in yards per route run and garnering strong blocking grades from Pro Football Focus. But he turned 31 in November and was set to count over $9 million against the 2021 salary cap. We'll see where Rudolph lands on the open market. Meanwhile in Minnesota, it's wheels up for TE Irv Smith, who's had a promising start to his pro career sharing the field with Rudolph. With Rudolph out for the final 4 games of this past season, Smith ranked 4th among TEs in PPR points.
Giants team doctors are concerned with 1 of TE Kyle Rudolph's feet and believe he needs surgery, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Rudolph missed the final 4 games of last season with a foot injury, but we never got any details on it. He agreed to -- but didn't sign -- a 2-year, $14 million deal with New York last week, but that's now hanging in the balance. We'll see where this goes, but Rudolph is no better than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.
Update: Rudolph has officially signed his contract with the Giants. It's unclear if he'll need surgery on that foot.
The Giants signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a 2-year, $14 million deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Rudolph was dumped by the Vikings earlier this month in what was largely a salary-saving move. Rudolph is 31 now but still ranked 21st among 43 qualifying TEs in yards per route run and received strong blocking grades from Pro Football Focus last year. He's unlikely to be a fantasy factor in New York but could be a drain on TE Evan Engram's production.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) has been placed on IR. So he'll miss Sunday's finale vs. the Lions. TE Irv Smith has averaged 5.7 targets, 4.3 catches, 51 yards and 1 TD with Rudolph sidelined the past 3 weeks and is a strong Week 17 fantasy play.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudoloh (foot) is out for Friday's game against the Saints. TE Irv Smith ran a route on 86% of pass plays and saw 4 targets last week. But the matchup vs. New Orleans' 7th-ranked TE defense leaves him outside the top 12 of our Week 16 Rankings.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Bears. TE Irv Smith was limited in his return from injury last weekend but isn't on this week's injury report. Expect him to be a full-go vs. Chicago's 28th-ranked TE defense.
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