The Giants and TE Kyle Rudolph have reached an agreement on a two-year, $14 million deal, his agency announced on Instagram on Thursday.
Rudolph spent his first 10 seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, where he racked up 4,448 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns on 453 receptions.
He’s played all 16 games in a season in five of the last six years — he played 12 in 2020 and missed the last three games of the season with a foot injury.
With another big name tight end in the fold for another two seasons, this brings up some questions as to what the Giants expect to do with Evan Engram.
The two could potentially fit nicely together under a Jason Garrett-run offensive scheme that we know can get tight end heavy if he has the weapons for it.
But we also have to think about what happens beyond this season.
Engram, who was — surprisingly — named a Pro Bowler this past season for the first time in his career, will be a free agent at the up of 2021.
The 2017 No. 23 overall pick by the Giants has had his ups and downs during his four seasons in New York, most notably dropping a number of passes at the worst moments this season.
Rudolph’s contract is only for two years, but he’ll be in New York for at least one season after Engram’s free agency hits.
If a contract year wasn’t enough pressure/motivation for Engram to step up his game this season, then maybe bringing Rudolph on board will do the trick.