The Minnesota Vikings have released Kyle Rudolph after 10 seasons with the team.

Rudolph was set to count at $5.1 million against Minnesota's cap for the 2021 season.

Rudolph was a second round pick in 2011.

"I got so lucky, because -- I didn't just get drafted by some team who 'had a need at tight end,' Rudolph wrote. "I didn't just get drafted as, like, the nameless, faceless '#1 tight end on the board.' I got drafted by a team that was all set in terms of need ... but then drafted me anyway.

"I'll always remember that: how the Minnesota Vikings wanted me -- and wanted to bet on my potential."