Vikings to Sign DT Sheldon Richardson to One-Year Deal


Richardson joins a defense that was one of the NFL's best last season.

While Johnson is nearly six years older than Richardson, he will cost significantly less money and has produced more sacks over the past four seasons.

The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a three-year, $84 million with Cousins - with 100 percent of the money guaranteed.

There was one more pressing need: a new defensive tackle to play next to two-time Pro Bowl pick Linval Joseph. And among the most notable of that group is Sheldon Richardson.

The Minnesota Vikings have chose to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to the richest contract in National Football League history.

"They're trying to win".

- The Vikings went all in on Cousins, and came away with perhaps their missing piece to a potential Super Bowl run. I love the fact that there's someone else in the quarterback room who will have been in the fire and have played.

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According to, Richardson signed a one-year deal with the Vikings. With a roster on the cusp of a Super Bowl, having lost to the eventual champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game, the Vikings were more than willing to be as aggressive as they needed to acquire the quarterback they believed was the best available free agent.

When the Seahawks acquired Richardson he was entering the final year of his rookie contract. He had some trouble off the field, though, serving a four-game suspension in 2015 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Why, then, did he settle for a one-year deal? "It's a tremendous amount of belief in me as a person and as a player, and I'm humbled and honored to get the OK on that". I, for one, think that they're amassing the most talented on paper team that we've ever seen in over 50 years as a franchise and couldn't be happier to be covering that team. They provided him the best championship opportunity of all the suitors, and he raved about the culture and leadership he discovered through his research and initial visit to team headquarters.

"I'm very effective around the quarterback", he added. "That's just how I feel, no explanation to it".

In the meantime, the Vikings are coming off a very successful season. His replacement, Sam Bradford, became a free agent.

Richardson said he's ready to get to work in Minnesota.

The New York Post writer also mentioned how some of the comments from Cousins and his agent, Mike McCartney, were disrespectful. The position is open because of the knee injury to 2013 first-round draft pick Sharrif Floyd, whose promising career was likely ended by nerve damage.