Former Pro Bowl selection Sheldon Richardson visits Vikings

Seahawks reported bringing in veteran DT Tom Johnson for a visit as Vikings continue to woo Sheldon Richardson

He was the defensive rookie of the year for the Jets in 2013 according to the Associated Press after a season in which he was responsible for just under 80 tackles (78), 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble. That's why they began talking to the 27-year-old Richardson and his agents about a contract extension in December.

Richardson heads to Minnesota after one season with the Seahawks. The Redskins never won more than nine games with Cousins during his three seasons as the starter. He averaged just 1.25 sacks and eight quarterback hits in 2016 and 2017, down from 6.5 sacks and 18 hits in 2014 and 2015. The Vikings had expected Thursday that something would be worked out with Murray, assuring he would remain with the team.

Richardson had an impacting season in Seattle as a three-technique defensive tackle.

Prior to the trade, Richardson had been one of the better players in the game.

There were few players to complain about on Minnesota's dominant defense in 2017, but defensive tackle Tom Johnson may have the weakest link.

The Minnesota Vikings made the biggest splash in free agency with the signing of quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Vikings would like to re-sign Stephen, but he might be better suited to continue in a reserve role. "But with the resources provided by the Wilf family, I know that it's going to give us an opportunity at least to go out there and be competitive week-in and week-out".




Spielman said the Vikings didn't have to stall Richardson to keep him in the building and delay a visit to another team.

Trevor Siemian is set to be Cousins' backup after the Vikings traded for the former Broncos' quarterback. Sacks. Buh. Terrible. Richardson was a first round pick (13th overall) out of Missouri for the New York Jets and has started all but two of the 73 possible games thus far in his career.

"I look forward to connecting with him in the future here pretty quickly", Cousins said.

Just when I thought a Minnesota professional sports franchise couldn't do anything more to surprise me, there's the Minnesota Vikings. I love the fact that there's someone else in the quarterback room who will have been in the fire and have played.

"There's nothing I can pave unless people come after me", Cousins said at his introductory news conference at the team's sparkling and still-under construction suburban headquarters.

Money aside, Cousins feels a connection with the Vikings as both aim for loftier heights. "It's a great fit".

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