Vikings ink TE Rudolph to extension

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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings weren't willing to part with Kyle Rudolph despite their lack of salary cap space, and the ninth-year tight end sure didn't want to leave.

No matter the tricky nature of making the numbers work for both sides, the mutual desire to keep the team's longest-tenured offensive player in place was the driving force behind a four-year contract extension Rudolph signed on Tuesday with the Vikings .

"I've bumped into a few people in the last week or so, and that was probably the number one question I got: 'How's Kyle? Is Kyle going to be here?' And every one of them, when I said, 'Yeah,' were all glad," coach Mike Zimmer said. "That's the kind of guy he is in the community and how he represents the Vikings."

Rudolph had entered the final year of his current deal with a $7.25 million non-guaranteed salary, putting him at risk for being released after the Vikings drafted Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round.

Making a rookie the primary player at that position would have been a big burden on Smith, though. As last season proved, the Vikings need to give quarterback Kirk Cousins as many options in the passing game as possible after wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs drew heavy attention during the second half of the schedule.

"I want to be a part of the first team to win a championship here," Rudolph said. "We got a taste of it two years ago. When we got close, you had a feel for how important that would be to this state, to this community, to this fan base."

The exhaustive work by Vikings executive vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski and Rudolph's agents, Brian Murphy and Camron Hahn, produced a contract with a value of $36 million in new money and a little more than $16 million in total guarantees.

PRO FOOTBALL

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, who has been New Orleans' sack leader in six of the past seven seasons, has agreed to a three-year extension worth up to $55.5 million, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the extension, which follows the two years left on his current contract and runs through 2023, is not expected to be signed until Wednesday morning and has not been announced.

Jordan, who spoke after a minicamp practice on Tuesday, said an extension had not been signed, but hinted that a verbal agreement was in place and stressed that he intends to play in New Orleans as long as possible.

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A California judge declared a mistrial Tuesday on the remaining charges against former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. after a jury convicted him of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman but could not break a deadlock over two counts of rape involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen.

Prosecutors did not immediately say whether they would retry the eight undecided charges but agreed to return to court Friday to discuss that option and possibly set a new trial date.

Winslow, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, currently faces up to nine years in prison and must register as a sex offender.

PRO BASKETBALL

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin says the timing of next week's NBA draft won't necessarily raise urgency to trade disgruntled six-time All-Star Anthony Davis.

Griffin says the Pelicans are "not in a hurry to do anything," and "don't feel there is a time sensitivity" to address Davis' "desire to stay or not stay."

Griffin spoke on a conference call Tuesday while introducing former WNBA star Swin Cash as Pelicans vice president of basketball operations and team development.

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