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Report: Kyle Rudolph Signs Giants Contract After Physical Showed Foot Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph warms up before the start of an NFL football against the Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph and the New York Giants reportedly agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal last week before Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported Tuesday that the deal had hit a snag after the TE's physical revealed a foot injury.

However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the contract is now in place.

Rudolph, 31, registered 28 catches for 334 yards and a touchdown for the Minnesota Vikings last year, though with Irv Smith Jr. also in Minnesota, Rudolph became expendable.

The two-time Pro Bowler has posted 453 receptions for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns in his career.

In New York, he'll join the talented but inconsistent Evan Engram at the tight end position. Rudolph will likely be used more as an in-line run-blocker and red-zone target, while Engram will be the bigger threat in the passing game.

Engram, a Pro Bowler in 2020, won't see his role diminished by the likely acquisition of Rudolph. ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported on March 18 that the addition of Rudolph "does not affect Engram's status with the team despite a now crowded tight ends room."

The Giants have been busy in an effort to upgrade through free agency this offseason, also signing wideout Kenny Golladay, defensive tackle Leonard Williams, linebacker Reggie Ragland and cornerback Adoree' Jackson, among others.

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