Vikings release tight end Kyle Rudolph


Kyle Rudolph will no longer torment the Chicago Bears.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings released the 10-year veteran.

It's not a wholly surprising move. Rudolph wanted a bigger role in the offense. The Vikings needed cap space and Rudolph was unwilling to take a pay cut.

The Vikings cleared a hair over $5 million in cap space with the move, and that number jumps almost $3 million to $7.9 million if he is designated as a post-June 1 release.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer were both effusive in their praise of Rudolph in statements issued after his release. Both praised his involvement in the community and his leadership on the team.

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