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Vikings’ deep pre-camp preview: Tight ends

The Vikings will have to make a decision on Kyle Rudolph’s future in the next nine months, but he is already easily the best-paid tight end in a group that doesn’t carry much salary relative to the rest of the NFL’s tight end groups. But using metrics shows another winner among the Vikings’ tight ends.

The players: Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, Chase Ford, A.C. Leonard, Allen Reisner. Positional spending: With Rudolph in the final year of his rookie contract, and the rest of the group either in low-level free-agent deals or also in their rookie contracts, the Vikings rank 30th in tight end spending, according to, with only $3.03 million in cap space committed to the position in... Recommended Stories