First look at Kyle Rudolph in Giants uniform is incredibly strange
After a decade with the Minnesota Vikings, Kyle Rudolph will be on the court next season in a New York Giants uniform.
Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph probably thought he would never play for another team for his entire NFL career. But those dreams were dashed in March when the Vikings freed Rudolph and he ended up signing with the New York Giants.
Instead of trying to help Minnesota reach the playoffs for the fourth time under head coach Mike Zimmer, the veteran tight end will now be tasked with trying to get the giants a playoff berth for just the second time since 2011.
Will a change of scenery revive Rudolph, or will the former Vikings tight end continue to see his numbers fall short of expectations?
Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph in New York Giants uniform looks odd
Several notable players leave Minnesota every offseason. But over the past two years, the Vikings have said goodbye to some longtime contributors.
Minnesota saw guys come out like Rudolph, Everson griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Anthony harris, Linval Joseph, and Riley reiff. Like the veteran tight end, these are players some thought they would spend the rest of their careers in purple and gold.
Rudolph has not participated in any of the New York OTA training sessions or their minicamp this offseason as he is still recovering from foot surgery. But he still found time to snap a few photos in his new uniform and the Giants recently shared what does it look like.
Not seeing Rudolph in a Viking uniform just seems odd and unnatural. But it was also the case when we first saw Griffen in a Dallas Cowboys jersey, Rhodes in an Indianapolis Colts uniform or Joseph in the Los Angeles Chargers colors.
Rarely do players in the current version of the NFL stay with one team for as long as Rudolph could. However, the tight end obviously wasn’t quite ready to hang up his boots for good yet, so he’s going to see how much juice he still has in the tank with New York next season.
The former Minnesota tight end signed a two-year contract with the Giants in March. But if he fails to meet New York’s expectations next season, his contract is in place for them to easily release him in 2022.