Kyle Rudolph signs Giants contract after surgery

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Kyle Rudolph signs Giants contract after surgery


Kyle Rudolph, the tight veteran acquired by the Giants during their active and costly spending spree in free agency, requires foot surgery but is expected to be ready to play early in 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, hit the open market and, after 10 years with the Vikings, agreed to terms with the Giants on a two-year contract worth $ 12 million. Four months after initially injuring the foot, he has yet to fully heal, causing a brief snag in signing the contract, according to NFL Network. The issue was resolved, The Post confirmed and Rudolph signed the deal, with no financial adjustment from the team.

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Giants free agent Kyle Rudolph needs foot surgery but is expected to be ready for the 2021 NFL season.
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“It’s 100% what happened during the season that made me miss the last four games of the season,” Rudolph said on Wednesday after signing his contract. “Everyone expected him to heal on his own and he doesn’t. It needs to be corrected. I am extremely grateful to the Giants medical staff… and I am delighted to fix and surpass it.

“I don’t expect to miss any football. I am extremely excited, when we start playing football, to be there with my teammates.

Rudolph will count $ 4.75 million of this year’s salary cap. He receives a signing bonus of $ 4.5 million.

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 only played nine games. Rudolph is a powerful online blocker and the Giants expect him to be a red zone threat, allowing Evan Engram to reduce some of his online blocking responsibilities to allow him to use his speed in the exterior to create discordance situations.

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