The 24-year-old told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Thursday that he hopes to sign an extension to remain in Minnesota before his rookie contract expires after this season. However, Rudolph said there have been no negotiations thus far.
"Obviously, my financial situation is completely in their hands right now," Rudolph said. "I've got one year left on my deal here and I'm extremely excited for the changes that have been made around here (under first-year coach Mike Zimmer).
"All I can worry about is going out and being successful. The contract will take care of itself. ... I'd be more than happy to stay here for a long time."
It's understandable that the Vikings wouldn't rush negotiations with the tight end who missed the final eight games of the 2013 season with a fractured left foot. (Rudolph says his foot is fully healed.)
While Rudolph isn't as fast or athletic as either Gates or Cameron, Turner excels at getting matchups to fit his big-bodied tight ends.
If Turner works his tight end magic again, there is a chance that, come 2015, the Vikings could be wishing they already extended Rudolph.