Vikings release two-time Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph

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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.