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Linval Joseph headed to Minnesota

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Defensive tackle Kevin Williams left the door open for a return to the Vikings while discussing his outlook for free agency, but the team may have slammed it shut on Tuesday afternoon.

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Vikings have signed former Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph. He should plug in next to Sharrif Floyd to form a young and potentially very good combo on the interior of Minnesota’s defensive line.

Joseph has started 46-of-48 games for the Giants in the last three seasons and won’t turn 26 until October, giving the Vikings a player with a lot of starting experience in what should be the prime years of his career. His loss is a big one for a Giants defense short on younger talent, but the amount of holes that need filling on the Giants roster likely precluded an offer that would have kept Joseph in town.

Joseph has nine sacks over the last three years, a sign of his ability to provide pass rush from the middle of the line while also doing a strong job against the run. His presence should help the Vikings allow fewer than a league-worst 30 points per game next season.

UPDATE 5:58 p.m. ET: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports it is a five-year, $31 million deal.

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  1. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    cool u can show minn what ur ring looks like

  2. bigwayne75 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    Man, I wanted my Giants to resign Joseph, great player, very good signing Viks.

  3. Norseman says: Mar 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    Great signing! At last we have a good NT again. Vikings defensive line should be purple-people-eaters again.

  4. JackedUpSports says: Mar 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    um….whoopie?

  5. macneil4025 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    Boom, lets get a corner now!

  6. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 11, 2014 5:44 PM

    Joseph and Floyd = Williams Wall 2.0.

  7. arrogantnation says: Mar 11, 2014 5:44 PM

    I thought Linval should have been the Giants #1 priority. Good luck to him

  8. salscobrakai says: Mar 11, 2014 5:44 PM

    I love how everyone is an NFL scout/GM on here. If you were any good at scouting players don’t you think you’d be doing it and not just a keyboard warrior? Most of you can’t even win at a fantasy football much less be an NFL GM lol

  9. schke says: Mar 11, 2014 5:44 PM

    Great signing. Awesome.

  10. thevikesarebest says: Mar 11, 2014 5:44 PM

    The vikings are quickly creating the best d line in the division.probably even the entire league.what have the cheeseheads done?SKOL

  11. axespray says: Mar 11, 2014 5:45 PM

    Vike’s d-line kind of looks good.
    Or at least younger which is always better than washed up.

  12. nfl4days says: Mar 11, 2014 5:45 PM

    Superbowl

  13. swendog says: Mar 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    Sounds like a keeper…

  14. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    This was the one guy I really wanted in free agency. He’s young, good, and is just entering the prime of his career. He should be a very solid nose tackle for the next several years. This is just the kind of guy you want to target as a free agent.

  15. vikingsvoice says: Mar 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    Great signing. The Vikes have sorely missed Pat Williams’ run-stuffing presence. It’s about time he was properly replaced.

  16. Six Rings says: Mar 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    I don’t get it.

  17. drock36 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    Who?

  18. billclintonspetkraken says: Mar 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    Hugeeeeeeeeee upgrade over Fred Evans and Letroy Guion.

    Then again a 70yr old Pat Williams still would’ve been an upgrade.

  19. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 11, 2014 5:47 PM

    Eddie Lacy just threw up in his mouth a little.

  20. floratiotime says: Mar 11, 2014 5:48 PM

    He’s not a nose tackle.

  21. skoldier612 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:49 PM

    There is only one thing that can be said on a day like this, “skol Vikings tooooooddddaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!”

  22. ramosj7215 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:49 PM

    Cool!!! Safety n corner next! Maybe a LB???

  23. tjacks7 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:50 PM

    I think the DL is is filled out. Let’s get to the LBs and DBS.

  24. swendog says: Mar 11, 2014 5:50 PM

    …gonna miss Kevin Williams a lot though. He was a hell of a tackle for the Vikes for a long time. Maybe the best tackle they have ever had…

  25. cunningben says: Mar 11, 2014 5:51 PM

    This will be the best team in the NFL for the next ten years easy.

  26. silentfreedom5 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    Anyone asking who or doesnt get how good this guy is have not done their homework. This was a great signing for the Vikes

  27. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Mar 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    Nice! Now we get weeks of #dynasty talk! I love that!

  28. vikesfan22 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    Tomorrow we sign Revis after he is cut. Let’s play.

  29. thepftpoet says: Mar 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    Best DT in the NFL.

    Mike Zimmer will coach him up to be even better than Geno Atkins.

    The Vikings > Your franchise

  30. dolphinfan17 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    I love hoe everyone is commenting “superbowl.” The vikings dont even have a QB to take them to the playoffs. Good signing tho.

  31. summitmech says: Mar 11, 2014 5:55 PM

    Ok but we still need a corner and a DE. I dunno how you let Michael Johnson get away, and I haven’t heard of us courting any notable corner. Sounds like a smart signing but c’mon we’ve got what like 32 mil under the cap? Let’s get serious! I’m pretty sure we’re not gonna need all of that for draft picks Rick, I don’t care HOW many picks you wanna get!

    Get me a corner and a defensive end, like NOW!

  32. purpleguy says: Mar 11, 2014 5:55 PM

    That helps, and thank God we didn’t sign the stiff BJ Raji. 5 years $31M is quite a bit of dough. Hope they still sign Williams for situational purposes.

  33. vikingsfan4life says: Mar 11, 2014 5:56 PM

    Minnesota turned Jared Allen’s cap number into Everson Griffen’s long-term deal and Linval Joseph.,with some cash left over. Allen isn’t what he was and it’s hard to see him leave, but you can’t argue with these moves.

  34. mikefromsaskatchewan says: Mar 11, 2014 5:57 PM

    the giants were squeezed by their lack of cap space and a ton of depth at DT, make no mistake, this is a really good player. sad to see him go. excellent, excellent run player, absurdly strong, good motor.

  35. ctgiant says: Mar 11, 2014 5:57 PM

    Vikings got the best young DT we drafted and like Barry Coiefield before him, off he goes to Minny.
    Good luck Linval, though luck is not your bag, your good, solid, likeable, and will miss you, no doubt!
    CT GIANT

  36. leatherface2012 says: Mar 11, 2014 5:58 PM

    all packer fans will now jump on this board and say how past his prime he is at age 26, and that he’s missed 2 games in 3 years and no packer has ever missed playing time

  37. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 11, 2014 5:59 PM

    Okay, Floyd and Joseph need a nickname, because we can’t call them “Williams wall part 2″ or anything like that. How about “The Middle Marauders of Minnesota”?

  38. minnesotablizzard says: Mar 11, 2014 6:04 PM

    Part of the deal requires Linval to change his last name to “Williams” as the Vikings have a requirement that one DT must be a Williams, as the Williams Wall must not crumble.

  39. revren10 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:05 PM

    when he flashes his ring that’s the closest they will ever get to a super bowl victory

  40. pftking says: Mar 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    Linval was actually the one of the bright spots on the Giants. Good to see the big man make some cash. Him, Floyd, and Griffen are going to anchor a strong D-line. Throw in the possibility of Mack and Rodgers will retire early.

  41. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    With these signings their defense will now only give up 28 PPG.

  42. seals1 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    Needed a fat guy in the middle to help bog things down. Vikes D has steadily gotten worse since Big Pat was gone.

    Good Sign Purple. Still a little nervous on all that cash to Griffen but he did show explosion when he was in the game. Line has gone from a giant hole to looking like you have a starting 4.

  43. thetruth8888 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    Who?

  44. freeigwebuike says: Mar 11, 2014 6:11 PM

    Awesome move! Try to stop us! just try to stop us!! #herewegovikesherewego

  45. stellarperformance says: Mar 11, 2014 6:13 PM

    Score one for the Vikings……good signing.

  46. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Mar 11, 2014 6:16 PM

    Thank goodness we got Joseph and not Raji. Raji is not half the player Joseph is.

  47. guitarfreak21 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:16 PM

    Fat Pat 2.o. Great signing, now for a marquee DB!

  48. blizzard01 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:18 PM

    Nice move. Scratching my head over giants not re-signing him. Vikes gain.

  49. 33vikes says: Mar 11, 2014 6:18 PM

    Now we are cooking. Great signing, but I would hope that Kevin Williams could still find a place on this team.
    He’s been a great warrior and Viking his whole career. I guess you can’t have everything.

  50. sonofsamadams says: Mar 11, 2014 6:19 PM

    I’m proud of Joseph for finding a team willing to pay almost twice as much as the next highest bidder!

  51. purplepanteez says: Mar 11, 2014 6:20 PM

    Lovin’ it! Welcome to the home of overpriced castoffs!

    The only thing that would have made this signing better would be if you were a former Packer.

    No worries. We’re going to get along great.

    You’re going to cash checks. Yeah!

    We’re not going to win the NFC Central. Yeah!

  52. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 11, 2014 6:25 PM

    Where careers go to die (or waste in the case of Peterson). Cassell and Joseph=4-12 The good news is there is absolutely nothing to do in Minnesota so less chance of getting in trouble.

  53. deezyny says: Mar 11, 2014 6:26 PM

    Sad to see such a reliable player go. Good pickup for the Vikes, though.

  54. mnomalley says: Mar 11, 2014 6:27 PM

    Everything is lining up for the Vikes to draft Gilbert. Unless the impossible happens and Watkins falls. But probably JG and nothing would make me happier.

  55. squishman says: Mar 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    Q. How many packer fans does it take to change a light bulb?
    A. only one. But the rest of them will talk about how great the old one was for eternity.

  56. rhymenosaurus says: Mar 11, 2014 6:31 PM

    Yet another in the long line of last laughs the Vikings get to enjoy. I mean, when will it end? They just keep winning, and keep winning, and keep winning. Their fans are so lucky!

  57. vikesandravens78 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:32 PM

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a winning franchise. The foundation is being laid, just need a few more pieces to come together. Patience has a payoff and this was a great signing. Skol Vikings!

  58. sdsmooth says: Mar 11, 2014 6:37 PM

    Welcome to last place Mr. Joseph. Whoever you are.

  59. TheMorningStar says: Mar 11, 2014 6:39 PM

    Wow, can’t believe the Giants let him walk!?!

    Rest of the NFC East is loving this.

  60. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 11, 2014 6:41 PM

    So other than changing their names to Williams, what’s going to be the new nickname for these beasts we have prowling the middle of the field? Come on, people get creative!

  61. gunnybunny31 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:43 PM

    Dang. Pivotal player for the Giants. He
    Will be sorely missed but thanks for the ring, Linval.

  62. leatherface2012 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:46 PM

    come on pack fans!!! lite up the board and say how awful this pickup was!. i guess you want to stay the 31st or 32nd ranked defense, which is fine by me. packers have yet to pick up any free agents. thompson acts like this is coming right out of his wallet

  63. mackstrong2013 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:48 PM

    The people who don’t know who Joseph is are the same people who start watching football in December.

  64. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:51 PM

    he looks big so that’s good.

    i’ll miss kevin williams. he is a hall of famer.

  65. themagicfanguy says: Mar 11, 2014 6:57 PM

    Don’t Vikings fans get tired of doing this every offseason despite the eventual lack of results?

  66. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Mar 11, 2014 7:00 PM

    The vikings have NEVER won a Super Bowl. They have lost 4 times in the Big Game. They haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 37 years. The vikings are pathetic and should be moved to the Big East in college football (where they’d go 2-10)

  67. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:02 PM

    His primary contribution will be as a designated driver.

  68. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:07 PM

    I actually like this signing. This immediately vaults the Viking defense into top 30 territory.

  69. pappavike says: Mar 11, 2014 7:08 PM

    The new defensive middle of the Vikes, Shouldn’t be called the Williams wall 2.0 call it Flo-Joe cause nothing runs through the middle. Now the Vikes need to sign Verneer or byrd. Linebacker wouldn’t be bad addition either!

  70. pftking says: Mar 11, 2014 7:09 PM

    Everyone knows the Packers can’t spend money. Every time Ted Thompson opens the check book a hick in Green Bay loses his trailer home. They do “own” the team after all. Then again everyone from that psycotic, cultist village is insane! Word is they sacrifice a virgin at the feet of the Vince Lombardi statue every fall in hopes of a winning season. Its really a messed up place.

  71. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2014 7:09 PM

    Joseph is a good sign for the Vikings, but people crowning talking People Eaters and what not are really disrespecting the greats that were on that line.

    You guys got 2 DEs that got paid without showing much production before signing, and Floyd hasn’t showed that he can make much of an impact.

    So Viking fans need to cool their jets a bit.

  72. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Mar 11, 2014 7:11 PM

    How you know the Vikings did really good, Packer fans’ only responses are the Vikings Super Bowl losses or arrest record.

  73. huschlej says: Mar 11, 2014 7:20 PM

    I’m as pleased with this signing as the next Viking’s fan, but let wait until he and Floyd have played a down or two together before we assume the deserve a nickname.

  74. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 11, 2014 7:30 PM

    Yeah I guess you’re right, the Department of Silly Football Nicknames might get mad at us for prematurely being excited about players! My jets are fiery hot!!!

  75. howsaboutit says: Mar 11, 2014 7:36 PM

    Hey vikes fans are you obsessed with the packers much. this post has nothing to do with the packer yet you still talk about them???

  76. banlarson says: Mar 11, 2014 7:46 PM

    Great signing, he was the best young DT available and fills a huge need. I hope they take a shot at Verneer, he will cost, but we need some experience to go with Rhodes and we can afford him. He’s young and productive and loves to play physical. That would leave us the LB corp where I would love to see Mack available at 8. QB in 2nd and OG with 1st 3rd rd pick. Great start!

  77. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2014 7:48 PM

    Viking fans have no problems looking silly.

  78. khmer379 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:49 PM

    Top 5 defense homeboi! Add a legit CB and watch out!

  79. WI has no economy says: Mar 11, 2014 7:53 PM

    “wisconsin” is a pretend state.

  80. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 11, 2014 7:55 PM

    Vikings fans are very silly. We like silly things like horned caps with pigtails…and nicknames for our d line.

  81. dahenwoo says: Mar 11, 2014 8:10 PM

    2000 Ravens

  82. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 11, 2014 8:12 PM

    How about “The Running Back’s Graveyard”?

  83. jjh1982 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:29 PM

    There’s something in the water in Minnesota because their obsession with the Packers is really sickening

  84. al22884 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:31 PM

    Great signing for the Vikes!! Start from the ground up.. If they would only try and sign Byrd, I’d take Justin Gilbert in the 1st to pair with Rhodes. Take LB in the 2nd like Ryan Shaizer and a guard and zack Mettenburg in the 3rd. Stout Foundation!!!!!

  85. shmadman says: Mar 11, 2014 8:37 PM

    Shouldn’t even play a 2014 game. Just give MN the rings. Skol!!

  86. jjh1982 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:39 PM

    I’m starting to think this is just one Vikings fan with 30 different user names

  87. deflateddome says: Mar 11, 2014 8:55 PM

    They are Packer fans, obviously upset today….Linval Joseph..Meet TJ Lang..Meet Dietrich Smith..well if EDS is resigned…Or meet the next UFDA starting center for the Packers…

  88. thetruth8888 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:13 PM

    I have seen a ton of college and pro football over the last 10+ yrs, honestly have no clue who this guy is. Giants fans seem to like him though…

    Also, the Giants had a horrendous defense last year, so there’s that.

  89. ariani1985 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:21 PM

    Notice green bay doesn’t have talent like this.

  90. cags777 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:30 PM

    Love this signing! Thank you Vikings for making a move no one was expecting. SKOL!

  91. jsally430 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:34 PM

    I’m from Minnesota and the Vikings fans on here make me embarrassed to be associated with them.

  92. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2014 9:45 PM

    Worst in PPG average on defense last year. They need to add a lot more than that, especially after losing their best defensive player.

  93. al22884 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:25 PM

    Packers fans all just run their mouths for no apparent reason. We can’t be happy for anything without them chirping in. Go to your Sam Shields signing and be happy…

  94. cougar69rt03 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:39 AM

    signing these guys on defense is going to smack around mrs rodgers enough that he retires or can not play anymore . then your packers will be sent back in to the stone age of the 70s 80s and early 90s when no body wanted to play there and the vikes owned you . what goes around comes around cheesers lmao

  95. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 12, 2014 1:21 AM

    You Vikes fans never seem to get it. Divisions are won during the season. Not before.

    Really….last year was your opportunity, and you blew it.

  96. iluvbears says: Mar 12, 2014 8:37 AM

    As far as a new moniker for the upgraded & rebuilt defensive line, I prefer either “The Purple Pillagers” or “The Minnesota Marauders”, both of which would refer to the Vikings of Nordic lore & also to what the defensive line will be doing to opposing offenses.

  97. 13nflchamps says: Mar 12, 2014 11:30 AM

    Congrats to Linval Joseph! You are now on a very short list of people who have ever lived in MN and owned a SuperBowl Ring. You also may be the only player to leave a team that started 0-6 one year for another team that will most likely start 0-6 this year. skolololol…..Vikings suck!

  98. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 12, 2014 9:58 PM

    I also came up with “Vicious Varangians” which is very historic as well.

    Just watched a couple interviews with Linval, he is apparently only 25, but boy was I impressed with his maturity and insightful comments. Very impressive guy and a darn good pick up for the Vikes.

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