Vikings sign TE Rudolph to 5-year extension

First Posted: 7/28/2014

MANKATO, Minn. — The Vikings are making a sizable investment in Kyle Rudolph, banking that the 24-year-old soon will become one of the NFL’s best tight ends.

The Vikings on Sunday night signed Rudolph to a five-year contract extension that makes him one of the NFL’s highest paid players at his position.

Rudolph, from Cincinnati, went to Notre Dame. He’s a graduate of Cincinnati Elder High School.

The $36.5 million contract includes $19.4 million guaranteed, including all of his 2014 base salary, according to a league source. The maximum value of the deal is $40 million.

Rudolph caught 109 passes for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns his first three NFL seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012 after scoring nine touchdowns and was named the MVP of that all-star game.

But he missed the final eight games of the 2013 season because of a fractured left foot, finishing with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns.

Manningham back with Giants, with no guarantees

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mario Manningham attended his first NFL training camp in 2008 as a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants, basically secured of his place on the team’s opening day roster.

Six years later, Manningham is back in Giants camp after a two-year, injury-plagued stint with the San Francisco 49ers. This time, Manningham is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, his third in three years, so there’s no guarantee of him being with the team when the season kicks off against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 8.

Manningham’s last knee surgery has prevented him from participating in any full drills as the Giants began their second week of training camp Monday.

He has not been cleared by the team’s medical staff to resume football activities, so he falls behind on the team’s depth chart for every practice and preseason game he misses.

Manningham was one of the stars of the Giants’ last Super Bowl victory, making an acrobatic 38-yard catch down the sidelines on third down to keep the game-winning touchdown drive alive in the 21-17 win over the New England Patriots on Feb. 5, 2012.

Manningham had his best season as a professional with the Giants in 2010, catching 60 passes for 944 yards and nine touchdowns.

After that Super Bowl-winning season, Manningham became a free agent and signed with the 49ers, but never reached the same heights he achieved with the Giants. He caught only 42 passes and one touchdown in 2012, and had only nine catches for 85 yards and no scores last season. Both years were cut short by injury.

Thomas still absent from Broncos camp

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos star Demaryius Thomas is missing his seventh workout of training camp.

Coach John Fox had said Sunday he hoped to have Thomas back at practice Monday morning, but the wide receiver was apparently still making his way back from Georgia following the death of his grandmother.

Thomas caught a team-best 92 passes for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. He also set a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions.

Coldwater’s Hoying commits

to Eastern Michigan

COLDWATER — Coldwater senior quarterback/defensive back Hoying has verbally committed to attend Eastern Michigan University to play football.

Last season Hoying rushed for 1,860 yards on 216 carries and scored 33 touchdowns. He also completed 137 of 234 passes for 1,904 and 21 touchdowns. On defense, he had four interceptions and made 89 tackles from his safety position.

Rays reinstate Peralta from disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment.

The moves were announced Monday.

Peralta missed nine games because of an illness. The right-hander went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 games earlier this year.

Bedard was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games, including 15 starts. He was dropped from the rotation in early July.

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