Former Pro Bowl selection Sheldon Richardson visits Vikings

Former Pro Bowl selection Sheldon Richardson visits Vikings

Former Pro Bowl selection Sheldon Richardson visits Vikings

Richardson had one sack last season (a career low), one forced fumble and the first interception of his career.

There was one more pressing need: a new defensive tackle to play next to two-time Pro Bowl pick Linval Joseph.

The wide receiver did not put up particularly big figures after being traded to the Rams last year and, according to Rapoport, he has signed a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, worth $48 million with $30 million guaranteed.

On the day the Vikings signed their new quarterback to a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract, they also had in free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

"They're trying to win".

Why such a remarkable run on prime-time passers? Per Albert Breer of MMQB, $6 million in incentives ($2 million per season) will pay out based on the following specifics. He makes the Vikings' defense that much better for 2018. He was moved all over defensive line for the Jets, and then played exclusively at defensive tackle when he joined the Seahawks last season.


Jared Goff was transformed under McVay's tutelage while it was tough to find any observer who would not have picked the Niners to beat the majority of last year's playoff field after Jimmy Garoppolo went 5-0 as a starter to finish the season. It's hard not to imagine with a relatively healthy offensive line, along with the offensive weapons the Vikings have (Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, Dalvin Cook), the team is in position to have another very successful season. Richardson can play DT or DE in Seattle's 4-3 base defense and even ran from a 3-4 OLB position for much of a year ago with the Jets. "So, it's a testament to those coaches but also those players for getting themselves ready to play earlier. As we got closer to free agency, I had a feeling we were going to have an opportunity".

Richardson had 95 catches for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons with the Seahawks after they drafted him in the second round in 2014.

"It took a great player to come to the market, and it's not easy to get to the market with great players", McCartney said.

"Our goal and objective every year is to (win a Super Bowl), that's what we do", Spielman said. "Now I'm just excited to look forward to all that is in store".

With Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter at defensive end backed up by Brian Robison and Joseph entrenched at the nose tackle spot, the insertion of Richardson at the under tackle, or 3-techinque, position should indeed improve a defense that led the National Football League in several key categories last season.

With Tom Johnson, a starter previous year, and top reserve Shamar Stephen both free agents, the Vikings are looking for help on the interior defensive line. Richardson, 27, said he preferred the short-term pact.

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