Report: Vikings TE Irv Smith becomes highest-drafted pick to sign

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The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly moved very quickly in getting second-round pick Irv Smith inked to a contract.

Smith now becomes the highest-drafted rookie from the 2019 NFL Draft to sign with his new team. This report may also indicate the Vikings are ready to move on from veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Rudolph could be up for trade as the Vikings reportedly received calls about him before and during the draft. He is slated to take up $7.625 million in salary next season.

Rudolph is 29 years old and is entering his final contract year with Minnesota.

Considering the Vikings were quick to get their second-round pick signed, the writing is seemingly on the wall for Rudolph.

Smith last recorded 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns at Alabama. He should make an immediate impact in Minnesota’s offense, especially if Rudolph isn’t around.