Sheldon Richardson’s one-year deal is worth $3.6 million

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After two NFL seasons, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson mused about getting Ndamukong Suh money. That hasn’t happened.

Richardson’s ninth season in the NFL, a return to Minnesota after a two-season absence, pays $3.6 million in salary, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

With incentives, Richardson could make up to $4.35 million.

In 2019, Richardson signed a three-year, $37 million deal with the Browns. They cut him in lieu of paying a salary of $11.9 million in 2021.

The Browns wanted him back, presumably for less than the $3.6 million he’ll make in Minnesota this year.

The 2013 NFL defensive rookie of the year, the Jets traded Richardson to the Seahawks after the 2016 season for receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick. Richardson left Seattle after one year.

7 responses to “Sheldon Richardson’s one-year deal is worth $3.6 million

  1. No G.M. will fork over even $4M yet Vikings fans think this guy will be a difference maker.

  2. I have seen rumors that the Browns offered more, but he has a history with the Vikings and a good relationship with their D-line coach, Patterson.

  3. I’ve admired Richardson as a player since his rookie year but I have to say that he utterly failed to live up to expectations in Cleveland.

    The ball does not lie,
    And with him in the slot,
    The ball advanced,
    As often as not

  4. BuckyBadger says:
    June 15, 2021 at 7:38 pm
    No G.M. will fork over even $4M yet Vikings fans think this guy will be a difference maker
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    As a third DT, yea he will be an incredible difference maker. Watch the trenches this year, you’ll notice the best teams win the battles there.

  5. that’s about what the Browns paid Malik Jackson I think. Apparently, Richardson thought he could get more as FA…I “assume” the Browns made an offer prior to waiving Richardson.

  6. When the Browns cut Richardson, he was done with them. They wanted him back and may have offered more than the Vikings did, but he felt like he earned the money he was owed on the contract. He has a great relationship with Andre Patterson, Vikings assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator, and defensive line coach (how do you fit that on a business card?), so he was excited to return to the Vikings. PFF had him as the 37th-ranked DT last year, so he did have a good season.

  7. Mr mkav — the Browns dumped Richardson in a salary cap move at the end of free agency and right before the draft. I assume that Richardson “thought” anything, it was that he’s be a Brown and wouldn’t be dumped at the end of free agency when most teams were effectively capped out. The Browns timing hamstrung Richardson regardless of what you assume they may have offered prior to his waiver. Those types of moves don’t create a ton of player loaalty.

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