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Report: Vikings Sign DL Sheldon Richardson

It's a one-year deal

The Minnesota Vikings continued to add to the league’s number one defense Friday, agreeing to terms on a contract with free agent DL Sheldon RichardsonAccording to Adam Schefter of ESPN it’s a one-year deal for Richardson.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported yesterday the Vikings inquired about the defensive lineman. Then, early yesterday, ProFootballTalk reported that Richardson was in Minnesota and was meeting with the team.

A former first round pick of the Jets in the 2013 draft, Richardson has been disruptive in his young career, collecting 19 sacks in five seasons. He was traded from the Jets to the Seahawks prior to the 2017 season. With a new team came a new position as the defensive lineman switched from a 3-4 end with the Jets to an interior tackle with the Seahawks.

Richardson earned an 83.8 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2017, his first year in Seattle. In his previous four season as a Jet, he earned grades of 85.7, 89.8, 82.9, 81.6.

The 27 year-old joins Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, and Danielle Hunter on a formidable Vikings defensive line.


Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported Richardson’s contract is for one-year at $11 million.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's a Vikings optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find him on the golf course during summer and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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Mike Kano
2 years ago

I am surprised the Vikings were able to pull this off, but it sure looks good. Deal is $8 million per year plus $3 million in incentives.