Vikings sign defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson
EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) - After a big add on offense, the Minnesota Vikings are rounding out their defense. Friday, the Vikings announced defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson signed with the team.
Richardson comes to Minnesota after playing with the Seattle Seahawks last season. He spent his first four years with the New York Jets.
To date, Richardson has recorded 286 career tackles, 19 sacks, 43 tackles for loss, 60 quarterback pressures and one interception. He has also caused six fumbles and recovered five.
Richardson was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft after playing at the University of Missouri. In 2013, the Associated Press named him the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Thursday, the Vikings signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year contract reportedly worth $84 million, with another $6 million in incentives.
Richardson arrived in Minnesota on Thursday and remained in town Friday. According to an NFL Network report, Richardson was picked up by Vikings general manager Rick Spielman in a jet, had lunch with Kirk Cousins and Vikings executives in the owner’s suite, and toured U.S. Bank Stadium.