Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
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Vikings sign DT Sheldon Richardson

Vikings sign DT Sheldon Richardson

Richardson should provide more push up front for the Vikings. However, general manager Rick Spielman felt there was more work to be done, and on Friday afternoon, the Vikings signed defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to a one-year deal worth $11 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

While Richardson played well in Seattle, their defense struggled throughout the season, leading to the franchise missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011.


The Minnesota Vikings have made another massive move in free agency, landing the top remaining defensive tackle available to help improve a defensive line with a lot of talent already included. The former Missouri Tigers standout racked up 27 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception. Richardson was the 13th overall pick and defensive rookie of the year back in 2013. 2014 was arguably the best year of his career thus far, setting a career high in 8 sacks, including three while playing against the Vikings in Minnesota. He was named to his only Pro Bowl that season as well.

His arrival is a significant boost to a Minnesota defense that ranked first in the National Football League last season as the Vikings progressed to the NFC Championship Game, only to lose to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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