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EAGAN Jace Sternberger Jersey , Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings weren’t willing to part with Kyle Rudolph despite their lack of salary cap space, and the ninth-year tight end sure didn’t want to leave.No matter the tricky nature of making the numbers work for both sides, the mutual desire to keep the team’s longest-tenured offensive player in place was the driving force behind a four-year contract extension Rudolph signed on Tuesday with the Vikings .“I’ve bumped into a few people in the last week or so, and that was probably the number one question I got: ‘How’s Kyle? Is Kyle going to be here?’ And every one of them, when I said, ‘Yeah,’ were all glad,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “That’s the kind of guy he is in the community and how he represents the Vikings.”Rudolph had entered the final year of his current deal with a $7.25 million non-guaranteed salary, putting him at risk for being released after the Vikings drafted Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round.Making a rookie the primary player at that position would have been a big burden on Smith, though. As last season proved, the Vikings need to give quarterback Kirk Cousins as many options in the passing game as possible after wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs drew heavy attention during the second half of the schedule.“I want to be a part of the first team to win a championship here,” Rudolph said. “We got a taste of it two years ago. When we got close, you had a feel for how important that would be to this state http://www.packerscheapstore.com/dexter ... rsey-cheap , to this community, to this fan base.”The exhaustive work by Vikings executive vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski and Rudolph’s agents, Brian Murphy and Camron Hahn, produced a contract with a value of $36 million in new money and a little more than $16 million in total guarantees. After a conversion of base salary to signing bonus that reduced Rudolph’s cap hit, he’ll make a fully guaranteed $9 million this year. By almost any measure of contract value, Rudolph will be among the five highest-paid players in the NFL at his position.“It was easy for me to come out here and just focus on football, because I had two agents that I trust and I play for an organization that I trust,” Rudolph said after the team’s first practice of a three-day minicamp.Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl pick who had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, has remained a key cog in the offense though never quite reaching the levels of productivity of peers such as Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Greg Olsen or Jason Witten have over the duration of his career. He is second among tight ends in Vikings history in catches and yards. Having played in every game over the past four seasons Josh Allen Jersey , Rudolph has a streak of 65 consecutive games started that is a franchise record and the longest active run by a tight end in the league.“I feel better now from a physical standpoint at 29 than I did at 21,” Rudolph said. “You just learn how to take care of your body.”The native of Cincinnati and product of Notre Dame has spoken often about how at home his family has felt in Minnesota . He’s a two-time nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for community service .“There’s a reason why I had no interest in testing free agency,” Rudolph said. “It’s because of the culture that they’ve established around here, and culture is what ultimately brings championships. In this league, the talent level is so even across all 32 teams, and if you don’t have good culture then you don’t have a chance.” LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)Losing is wearing on the Chicago Bears, coach John Fox and his staff. The heat on Fox and the Bears coaching staff has increased with each defeat in a five-game losing streak, although the Bears coach said Monday he hasn’t discussed his job status with team ownership or management. ”I haven’t heard anything one way or the other,” Fox said. ”I wouldn’t ask. That’s more how I see it. ”I’m doing everything in our power to put the best product on the field day to day, week to week. I control what I can control and that’s what I can control.” Fox’s contract has one year left after this season. Fox said there has been nothing negative in his dealings with Bears general manager Ryan Pace. ”It’s been very positive from the standpoint of a working relationship, like everybody, even you (media) to some degree http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/jawaan ... rsey-cheap ,” Fox said. ”It’s frustrating, no doubt. That can’t deter you. You just keep rolling, and like I’ve said, we’ve got four games, the final quarter of our season. As soon as today’s over and we’re done talking about yesterday, we’re on to Cincinnati.” In Sunday’s 15-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers (2-10), the Bears offense misfired for the second straight game as they fell to 3-9. With the defeat, Fox (12-32) has the worst winning percentage as a coach in Bears history at .272. Abe Gibron had a .274 winning percentage (11-30-1) from 1972-74. The offense has gained only 140 yards and 147 yards in the past two games with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. And the offense managed only seven points Sunday against San Francisco. The other score came on special teams. Fox said he hasn’t considered changing offensive coordinators. ”That’s not been kind of productive for me in the past, No,” he said. Playing Trubisky after starter Mike Glennon was unproductive has led to problems as well as injuries to receivers. ”I’d like to have been more productive offensively, but the reality is we’re kind of where we are,” Fox said. ”(We’re) playing a lot of young players, in particularly at the quarterback position. I’ve seen improvement in him. And that’s kind of what I look for is are we getting better.” Trubisky went 12 for 15 for only 102 yards Sunday. ”I thought Mitch played arguably his best game Josh Oliver Jersey ,” Fox said. ”There were a couple decisions I think he’d like to have back, not that they were huge errors. ”We did not turn the ball over, we were plus-1 in the turnover ratio, we had a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown. If you’d have told me that before the game, I probably wouldn’t have envisioned any way we’d lose that game.” Players are left searching for meaning in their final four games, including three on the road. ”I think it’s our job as the older guys to keep everybody’s spirits lifted up, and make sure everyone has the same approach, same attitude to work,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. ”Bottom line is, we need to find a way to finish these close games. We’re still searching.” The Bears have lost six games by eight points or fewer, but losing at home to San Francisco is rough even for a 3-9 team. ”Not embarrassing,” Amukamara said.”I would just say we’re disappointed. I think there are games in the NFL where you look and go, `OK http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/quincy ... rsey-cheap , we should win this game; we’re pretty confident.’ To be forward and blunt, this (49ers game) was one of those games. I would say we just disappointed ourselves.” The Bears’ defense has been riddled with injuries, and lost outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on Sunday to a shoulder injury. They already had lost their top two pass rushing linebackers to injuries – Willie Young (triceps) and Leonard Floyd (knee). Guard Kyle Long aggravated a shoulder injury and Fox said one option being considered is putting him on season-ending injured reserve. New kicker Cairo Santos aggravated a groin injury and on Monday the Bears placed him on injured reserve and signed Mike Nugent as a replacement. Nugent started his NFL career in 2005 and has kicked for five teams, including the Bengals from 2010-2016. ”You know, I think losing some guys has had a little bit of an effect on that, but that’s not an excuse, just reality,” Fox said of losing. ”You know other than Philadelphia I think we’ve played competitive games and we just keep coming up short. ”I understand the angst and you know the frustration because we feel it.” —