Minnesota Vikings Welcome Back Sheldon Richardson
On paper, the Minnesota Vikings defense looks like it will back to normal with lots of talent in key positions.
And the team made another signing today that shows that Coach Zimmer is serious about bringing everything to the table this year, the team is welcoming back defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
ESPN is reporting the Richardson signed a one-year deal worth $3.6 million and incentives that could increase the amount to $4.35 million. He decided not to return to the Browns after playing the 2019 and 2020 season with them.
Richardson is a former first round draft pick, drafted by the New York Jets in the #13 spot during the 2013 NFL Draft, he spent four years in New York, one in Seattle, the 2018 season with the Vikings.
In his one season with the Vikings, Richardson had 4.5 sacks, 6 tackles for a loss, and 49 tackles. This announcement came just days after the team announced that it reworked Danielle Hunter's contract for the 2021 season.
Richardson addressed the media saying, "I started something there. Honestly, just couldn't come to an agreement with what I wanted from Cleveland. Zim and Coach Drethey put me in position to make plays earlier in my career. It was a perfect fit."
The Minnesota Vikings are clearly making their pass rush a priority this year, last season the team finished with a franchise low 23 sacks and wrapped up the year 29th overall with 29.7 points allowed per game and ranked 27th with 393.3 yards allowed per game, not great. The talent returning and signed will hopefully turn things around next season. SKOL!