Report: Sheldon Richardson won’t re-sign with Browns, could rejoin Vikings

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The Browns wanted Sheldon Richardson to return, but the defensive tackle apparently doesn’t have interest in a return.

Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports that Richardson has decided he will play elsewhere next season. The Browns have made it clear since releasing Richardson in a salary-cap move in April that they hoped to re-sign him.

Richardson pondered returning, Cabot reports, and even might have received his best offer from the Browns, but “it wasn’t about the money for him.”

Richardson seemed to move on the day the Browns cleared more than $11 million in cap space with his release. He posted a good-bye to Browns fans on Instagram, writing, “It was just starting to feel like home. Dawg Pound, I had a great time . . . #til next time.’’

A reunion with the Vikings is possible for Richardson, Jack Day of KFAN 100.3 reports, with the sides discussing a deal. Richardson, 30, played in Minnesota in 2018 before signing a three-year, $37 million deal with the Browns in March 2019.

The Browns have Malik Jackson, Andrew Billings, Jordan Elliott, Tommy Togiai, Marvin Wilson and Malik McDowell at the position.

Richardson would join Michael Pierce and Dalvin Tomlinson in a three-man rotation with the Vikings.

29 responses to “Report: Sheldon Richardson won’t re-sign with Browns, could rejoin Vikings

  1. And wouldn’t remotely consider re-joining the Jets.

  2. You have to give Richardson credit. Not many players admit that they aren’t looking for a ring.

  3. This off-season is screaming back to the Browns is the Browns. Female asst coach gets cited for DUI, opting out of OTAs, high expectations from their fans, not res-igning Ogunjobi and Richardson and not drafting Christian Barmore and drafting a scrub CB from Northwestern and a really small LB from Notre Dame. This is screaming disaster for the Browns

  4. When they pass out the rings, we’ll have a moment of silence for you, Sheldon. See ya…

  5. Vikings signing and keeping a lot of guys considering they can’t do that with Kirk’s contract…

  6. davidinthedesert says:
    June 14, 2021 at 6:03 pm
    When they pass out the rings, we’ll have a moment of silence for you, Sheldon. See ya…
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    8 out of 11 of the Browns wins were against teams that finished the season under .500 … 4 out of 5 of their loses were against teams that finished the season with at least a .500… A moment of silence for a talented Browns team with poor play calling leading to their demise is more likely to happen.

  7. He was a good guy and the Browns did what they had to do and he is doing what he has to do. It’s been handled well by both parties.

  8. You have to give Richardson credit, wanting to return and sign with a team whose players don’t call their GM Jerry Kraus.

  9. He ought to have his agent negotiate a more realistic contract so he’s not cut again.

  10. Signing Richardson or Geno Atkins would be a great move. You have those two 340-pound behemoths in there making it impossible for the other team to run and then you replace one of them with a pass-rushing DT on third down.

  11. Most teams get their wins versus bad teams and losses versus good teams. Totally standard.

  12. Addition by subtraction. A player of Richardson’s talent should never be moving from team to team to team.

  13. Vikings trying to fix their pathetic D with retreads. Not the smartest franchise.

  14. Tough call as to whether “Factory of Sadness” more appropriately refers to Cleveland or Minnesota.

  15. Christopher Allan says:
    June 14, 2021 at 6:49 pm
    8 out of 11 of the Browns wins were against teams that finished the season under .500 … 4 out of 5 of their loses were against teams that finished the season with at least a .500… A moment of silence for a talented Browns team with poor play calling leading to their demise is more likely to happen.
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    This cracks me up. This stat means nothing. Tampa Bay had 10 of their 11 wins against teams that did not end the season with a winning record. The only team they beat in the regular season that was above .500 at the end of it was Green Bay.This is what good teams are supposed to do, beat the teams you are supposed to beat. People love knocking Cleveland for their soft schedule yet are first in line to talk about how great Tampa is.

  16. Too bad. Browns could have used him…but not at $11 or $12M, or whatever it was. Those $$ could be used for extending the core of the team when they rollover their cap space.

  17. He didn’t want to play any “old man football” (An old inane quote from a UGA vs. Mizzou game.)

  18. Pretty simple calculus. Browns front office determined they could be just as good at DT without Richardson and Ogunjobi with younger players are a far lower price tag.

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