Rich get richer: Minnesota Vikings inking Sheldon Richardson to one-year deal


The No. 1 defense in the National Football League got a major upgrade on Friday as the addition of former Pro Bowl tackle Sheldon Richardson provides the Minnesota Vikings with an immediate boost at the 3-technique spot, which was a priority entering free agency.

When Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen hit the open market on Wednesday afternoon, only 58 snaps from a year ago remained on the roster at the second defensive tackle spot.

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.

Prior to the trade, Richardson had been one of the better players in the game. It wasn't immediately clear how much money he is getting from the Vikings.

Richardson was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft after playing at the University of Missouri.

Johnson, 33, started 15 games for the Vikings in 2017, recording 32 tackles and 2.0 sacks.

With the Jets, Richardson appeared in all 32 games of his first two seasons and started 31 of them, including a 2014 contest against in Minnesota en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Richardson spent last season with the Seattle Seahawks, picking up one sack and ranking 27th among DTs by Pro Football Focus ratings. Unfortunately, disciplinary issues within the team ultimately forced his rade to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-round pick.