MINNEAPOLIS -- Headed into what might be his most important season with the Minnesota Vikings, tight end Kyle Rudolph said on Tuesday his broken foot is completely healed, and he's been running without any problems since mid-February.
Rudolph will be a free agent after the 2014 season, and looked on his way to the best season of his career until he broke his foot against Dallas on Nov. 3. He said again after the Vikings' Tuesday workout that he'd like to get a contract extension done before the season, but Rudolph added the Vikings haven't approached him about a new deal yet. Still, if he's able to put up the kinds of numbers that other tight ends have produced in Norv Turner's offenses, Rudolph could be in line for a big payday.
"Everybody in the front office, the new staff, I really like the direction this team is going in. I'm excited to be a part of that future," Rudolph said. "That's completely up to them. Obviously, I would love to be here for a while, but that's something you'd have to ask them. It's all on their terms, obviously."
While he was waiting to start his offseason running program, Rudolph said, he watched film of Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, to see how Turner used him in his offense. "I’ve always watched a lot of (Antonio) Gates tape, just to see the unique things that he’s done (when he played for Turner in San Diego). But now it’s kind of fun to go back as we’re learning the offense, you can see what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.
"Obviously everyone knows the success that Coach Turner has had with tight ends. If you go back all the way back to the Dallas days and Washington, a little bit of time in San Francisco, San Diego, you just look at the tight ends he’s had, I hope to fall in line with that. I’m excited to get into this offense.”