EAGAN, Minn. — Kyle Rudolph is now ready to focus on something other than his contract -- like winning a championship.
For the first time since agreeing to a four-year, $36 million contract extension, Rudolph met with the media Tuesday and made it very clear he's happy Minnesota is still home.
"I certainly could have just played out this year and tested free agency," Rudolph said. "I could have maybe gotten more money, but that's not what is was about. I want to be a part of this organization."
The move gives the Vikings some much needed salary-cap relief and provides Rudolph with a chance to take care of "some unfinished business."
"Now I can just focus on football," Rudolph said. "I want to be a part of the first team to win a championship here. 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."
Rudolph also joked that he's glad he won't continue to be a headline throughout the summer.
"I'm not used to being that guy in the headlines," Rudolph said. "I apologize, now you'll have to have something else to write about for the rest of the summer."
The Vikings mandatory mini-camp wraps up on Thursday.