DT - MIN
Week 2 Outlook
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Vikings have agreed to terms with veteran DT Sheldon Richardson.
Richardson, 30-years old, spent the 2018 season with the Vikings during which he had five sacks and 49 tackles. Following this Richardson signed a three-year, $36M contract with Cleveland, but was released in 2020 to clear cap space. Now, Richardson returns to Minnesota on a new contract with details still to come. The Vikings already brought in Dalvin Tomlinson to help improve the interior of the defensive line in tandem with Michael Pierce. Richardson will likely have a rotational role but still has the necessary skill set to contribute when called upon.
The Cleveland Browns released DT Sheldon Richardson on Friday.
This comes just two days after Cleveland signed Jadeveon Clowney. Richardson was due $12 million this year. We will wait and see what teams display interest in Richardson as a free agent.
Sheldon Richardson logged five total tackles, one TFL, two sacks, two QB hits, one pass defended, and one forced fumble, as the Browns topped the Dolphins 41-24.
Richardson exploded against Miami on a day the team was missing Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi to suspension and Olivier Vernon to a knee injury. However, their absences were made irrelevant by Richardson's outstanding play and Miami's inability to block. Richardson will try to help the Browns get their fourth straight win against the Steelers next week.
The Browns have signed DT Sheldon Richardson to a three-year deal.
Richardson, formerly with the Vikings, gives Cleveland another solid piece in the middle to play beside Larry Ogunjobi. Cleveland's defense showed flashes in 2018 and is a favorite to take a big step forward in 2019 ala the Jaguars in 2017.
Sheldon Richardson recorded one solo tackle and one assisted tackle in the Minnesota Vikings' Week 7 win over the New York Jets.
Richardson has a total of 22 tackles and one sack through almost half a season with the Vikings. He's been a huge disappointment.