By: Aj Mansour |

Mankato, MN - The common thought down at Vikings Training Camp this year has been that tight end Kyle Rudolph is set to become an integral part of this year's offense. Sunday night, while most were calling it quits on a busy day of practice, the Vikings were putting their money where their mouth was.

Sunday night, the Vikings announced that they have signed Kyle Rudolph to a 5-year, $36.5M contract.

"I'm extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings," Kyle Rudolph said Sunday night. "I've said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I'm excited about where this team is going. I'm looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal."

"I'm very excited to get this extension done with Kyle," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. "We drafted him, he's done a tremendous job since he's been here. Our whole focus on moving forward in this organization is to draft our players, develop them and keep them here. He's one of our young guys who is going to be a building block as we go forward in the future and just very excited to get this behind us so we can look forward to seeing him produce over the coming years."

In three years with the Vikings, Rudolph has 109 catches for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns.