Kyle Rudolph, the veteran tight end acquired by the Giants during their active and expensive spending spree in free agency, requires foot surgery but is expected to be ready to play at the start of the 2021 season.
While playing for the Vikings last season, Rudolph, 31, injured his foot in a Dec. 6 game against the Jaguars. He missed the last four games, went out on the open market and, after 10 years with the Vikings, agreed to a two-year deal with the Giants worth $ 12 million. Four months after initially injuring his foot, he has still not fully healed, leading to a brief inconvenience in signing the contract, according to the NFL Network. The issue was resolved, The Post confirmed, and Rudolph signed the deal, with no financial adjustments from the team.
“This is 100 percent what happened during the season that caused me to miss the last four games of the season,” Rudolph said Wednesday after signing his contract. “Everyone expected it to heal on its own and it didn’t. It needs to be fixed. I’m so thankful for the Giants medical staff … and I’m excited to fix it and get over it.
“I don’t expect to miss any football. I am very excited, when we start playing football, to be there with my teammates ”.
Rudolph will count $ 4.75 million in his salary cap this year. Receive a $ 4.5 million signing bonus.
In 140 games (132 starts) for the Vikings, Rudolph had 453 receptions for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns. His 28 receptions in 12 games last season was his lowest production since 2014, when he played in just nine games. Rudolph is a strong online blocker and the Giants hope he will be a threat in the red zone, allowing Evan Engram to reduce some of his online blocking responsibilities to allow him to use his speed on the outside to create misfit situations.