Now the veteran tight end is on the trade block.
Rudolph is a potential trade candidate out of Minnesota after extension talks between him and the Vikings broke down on Friday morning, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. There is interest in Rudolph's services around the league, Rapoport added.
Rudolph, soon to be 30 years old, hasn't missed a game since midway through the 2014 season and hasn't seen his production dip too much in recent years. The tight end reeled in 64 catches for 634 yards and four scores in 2018, and Rudolph made a Pro Bowl appearance in 2017.
Since entering the league as a second-round pick in 2011, Rudolph ranks fourth among all tight ends in receiving scores (41), 10th in receptions (386) and 12th in receiving yards (3,787).
Rudolph is still a more than capable starting tight end in this league. But if Minnesota doesn't want him, or doesn't want to pay him, then the Vikings need to send him to a team that is willing to shell out top-five tight end money ($7.6M) for Rudolph in 2019 and/or agree to his extension demands.