The Giants continue to add pieces to bolster their roster, agreeing to terms Thursday with Kyle Rudolph, a veteran tight end who spent the first 10 years of his NFL career with the Vikings.
Rudolph, 31, put together a solid decade in Minnesota, playing in 140 games with 132 starts. He has never ascended as high as he did in 2016, when he had 83 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns, but he has proven to be a reliable pass-catcher and steady blocker.
His production has been in decline the past two years. In 2020, he played in 12 games and had 28 catches for 334 yards.
What does this mean for Evan Engram, the incumbent starting tight end? Not much. Rudolph is not arriving to take Engram’s job. He joins a tight end room that, for now, includes Engram, Levine Toilolo (who restructured his contract to stay on the roster) and Kaden Smith.
There will be competition this summer to determine who stays and who goes, but Engram, playing for the fifth-year option of $6 million, is still part of the plan.
Rudolph was a second-round draft pick for the Vikings in 2011. The Notre Dame product was selected to Pro Bowls after the 2012 and 2017 seasons, and was released by Minnesota earlier this month.
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