Kyle Rudolph's 2013 campaign was a bust -- literally -- as he suffered a fractured left foot in Week 9 and landed on IR with just 30 catches for 313 yards and 3 TDs on his stat sheet. The previous season, he had earned a spot in the Pro Bowl after reeling in 53 passes for 493 yards and 9 TDs.
Now, Rudolph is entering the final year of his rookie contract and hopes to work out an extension before the 2014 campaign gets underway.
"It's something that I really want to do," he said, per the Pioneer Press. "I've been extremely happy here in Minnesota. ... I truly feel like we have the best organization in football, and I'd love to play my whole career here. I love the (Twin Cities), and I want to stay here. Hopefully, that's something we can get done this offseason."
Noting that blocking is part of being a tight end, Rudolph also said he feels that he is the best tight end in the league. He may have a chance to prove himself to be an elite pass-catching tight end in '14, because he now has Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator. Turner turned Jordan Cameron into a household name in Fantasyland last season and, before joing the Cleveland Browns, kept an aging Antonio Gates relevant with the San Diego Chargers.
In other words, if Rudolph believes he will break out statistically under Turner, it may behoove him to wait to ink his second NFL contract until he has a chance to test the free-agent market next offseason.