DT Sheldon Richardson reaches 1-year deal with Vikings

DT Sheldon Richardson reaches 1-year deal with Vikings

Javier Howell
March 17, 2018

The Vikings make their second splashy move of the week as they add the big man up front. That unit just got even scarier with the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

For those who thought Kirk Cousins would be the Minnesota Vikings' one significant free-agent splash, think again.

Richardson was in town this morning to meet with the team and things clearly went well, as he signed a one-year deal for around $11 million (at least that's the word on Twitter as of the writing of this piece).

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In 2015, his first season as the primary starter, Cousins led the league in completion percentage and with 29 touchdown passes. That included choosing among the draft prospects that include Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and others.

While simple production in that category doesn't tell the whole story for defensive tackles, being surrounded by three excellent players should help Richardson. He also had two touchdowns in 2013 while playing for the Jets. 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. He followed that with 8 sacks and a top-10 finish among fantasy D-linemen in 2014. The next year, he was named to his lone Pro Bowl thanks to an eight-sack season.

It's not hard to see why he'd want to join the Vikings after leaving Seattle as with the Jets, as well, as he's accustomed to playing within great defenses. He makes the Vikings' defense that much better for 2018.

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.