Vikings announce return of Sheldon Richardson

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He’s back, and the Vikings Defense is instantly better.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, cut by the Browns earlier this year after two seasons in Cleveland, has returned to Minnesota. Richardson spent the 2018 season with the Vikings.

The Vikings announced the move on Tuesday morning.

Richardson, the 2013 NFL defensive rookie of the year and a first-round pick of the Jets, gives the Vikings a potent defensive tackle rotation, joining Michael Pierce and Dalvin Tomlinson. Minnesota also has beefed up the cornerback position this year, signing Patrick Peterson and Bashaud Breeland, and bringing back Mackensie Alexander.

Throw in the resolution of the Danielle Hunter impasse, and the Vikings will be much improved on that side of the ball. Add to that an actual home-field advantage and the Vikings should be able to maintain their rollercoaster of playoffs in odd-numbers years, non-playoffs in even-numbered years.

45 responses to “Vikings announce return of Sheldon Richardson

  1. This is from the Kyle Rudolph money. I was definitely hoping and expecting another signing this month. Ok. Let’s go play some ball and see what happens. I’m not expecting a SB run, but I am 100% expecting a spot in the playoffs. And I will call for a NFCCG appearance in the next two years. If not, Kellen Mond will be your starter in 2023.

  2. Great signing. If Spielman could only do that on the offensive line the Vikings would be contenders.

  3. They put that $4 million in cap savings from the reworked Hunter contract to great use. Richardson is a beast.

  4. Pat Pete, Dalvin Tomlinson, Mac Alexander, Xavier Woods, Stephen Weatherly, Bashaud Breeland and now Sheldon Richardson.

    I thought the Kirk Cousins contract was suppose to give the Vikings no room to make significant additions in free agency?

  5. footballguy
    Your logic is weird.
    Mond might be the starter in 2023 REGARDLESS of how it goes with Cousins.

    It’s about money and Cousins contract.

    Let’s be honest/clear – the failure of the Vikings in playoffs, and recent NFCC games has been the defense, not the offense.

    So, for ONE as a Viking fan, I am very excited about maybe having a REALLY stout run defense. It all starts there. You force a team to be one dimensional, which allows even mediocre pass defenses to be better, and your offense is not needing to be heroic to win games.

  6. You aren’t getting the player that left Minnesota 2 years ago. He was cut for a reason. He didn’t make them any better, just older.

  7. “You aren’t getting the player that left Minnesota 2 years ago. He was cut for a reason. He didn’t make them any better, just older.”

    He played great last year for the Browns. Still able to disrupt the QB and defend the run. The Browns cut him 100% for salary cap purposes and made it clear that they would have loved to have him back.

    Good signing by the Vikings and he’s the one loss on the Browns defense that won’t be easy to replace.

  8. If all remain healthy, this should make for a pretty solid D-line rotation. The Vikes had a bottom 10 2020 defense and a top 10 2020 offense, so defensive improvements were in order, with the large number of 1 year FA contracts giving the team flexibility. I just wish there were quality OGs available in free agency like all the late-signing defensive players. Not predicting an east path to the playoffs given the schedule, but the Vikes won’t be an easy out.

  9. Uh-oh it looks like the Vikings are winning the offseason again. Get the trophy case ready for another Lombardi trophy. Oh wait.

  10. Looking forward to this retread helping us to our every other year run to (and early exit from) the playoffs.

  11. Ugh the Vikings just keep getting scarier. It’s going to be a long year here in wisconson

  12. BuckyBadger says:
    June 15, 2021 at 11:37 am
    You aren’t getting the player that left Minnesota 2 years ago. He was cut for a reason. He didn’t make them any better, just older.
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    Your handle pretty much sums up the rationale for your comment. Cleveland wanted to resign him, it was a salary cap move. Richardson will serve as a rotational DT in pass plays. Not sure how this is a bad move for the Vikings.

  13. Vikings should be much improved in 2021. Not sure how much that will translate on the field, but you can only make moves on paper in March-June.

    Hunter, Barr, Pierce, Richardson, Kendricks all returning, with newly-signed P Peterson, Tomlinson, and Alexander.

    Offense adds Derrisaw to the OLine, and builds-off a solid 2020 offensively.

    At the very least it should be more entertaining.

  14. He’s back, and the Vikings Defense is instantly better.

    ———————

    Well, that’s not saying a whole lot. They could hardly get any worse. Easily the most pathetic D in the division.

  15. Good for him. He did a really nice job for the Browns last year. They were not smart letting h go

  16. Vikings playing high level Chess while the Packers can’t even get their Queen to come on board..

  17. Fans can quote me all you want but he is over 30 and been on how many teams in the last 4 years? If he was a player that made you instantly better he wouldn’t be out there right now. He is an older player that you plug in into you get something better.

  18. If Zimmer can’t win a championship with this group, they have put together, he’ll be looking for a new job next year.

  19. BuckyBadger says:
    June 15, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Fans can quote me all you want but he is over 30 and been on how many teams in the last 4 years? If he was a player that made you instantly better he wouldn’t be out there right now. He is an older player that you plug in into you get something better.
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    They needed an experienced pass-rushing defensive tackle. Richardson is an experienced pass-rushing defensive tackle. Not sure how he doesn’t make the defense better.

  20. It’s a good signing. Cleveland was pretty much forced to cut him because of this crazy cap year and the Vikings were smart enough to swoop in and take advantage of the situation while mollifying Hunter at the same time.

    And yes, it would appear the Vikings are indeed playing chess. The problem with that is, the Packers are playing football. 7 > 0

  21. Too bad we couldn’t have found a way to keep Diggs, he just seemed to want to be here so badly.

  22. Vikings playing high level Chess while the Packers can’t even get their Queen to come on board..
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    High level chess finished you third last year. I realize off-season smack talk is big with you guys, but try finishing ahead of the Bears before you take aim at the top dogs.

  23. pkrlvr says:
    June 15, 2021 at 1:17 pm
    Vikings playing high level Chess while the Packers can’t even get their Queen to come on board..
    —-
    High level chess finished you third last year. I realize off-season smack talk is big with you guys, but try finishing ahead of the Bears before you take aim at the top dogs.

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    At least our GM is playing something and trying to improve the team, your GM seems to just be playing with himself.

  24. No superstar, but a known quantity and it gives Zim everything he has asked for. As far fetched as it may sound, they need to be in the SB given this is what they have built for over the last 7 years. If they are going to have success, this is the best chance they have had with the division turmoil and only a handful of NFC powerhouses.

    If it doesn’t happen, the plan has proven to be flawed, again, and tear it up with the number of one year contracts they have, trade the older players and hand the reins to a new GM and Coach. I’m so done with mediocrity and nothing being consistently built and improved with these two.

  25. No excuses on paper they are much improved on defense. Now go win a Championship

  26. First time the Vikes will have a rotation on the DL in a long time. Playing all those rookies last year should provide solid depth across the board. Just need OC to work out!

  27. I feel bad for these players coming aboard . . . welcome to 60 years of futility.

  28. It’s good to see how many guys around the NFL respect Mike Zimmer and Andre Patterson.

    After this Rodgers fiasco, the Vikings are going to be the only team in the NFC that will actually be able to attract top tier free agents. The Bears and Lions lost that ability long ago.

  29. Richardson was a top 15 inside pass rusher last season with 45 QB pressures. In no universe could this be considered anything but a nice pickup for an already strong DL. Would not be surprised to see Richardson playing plenty of snaps at DE on 3rd and long situations.

    Reading the comments from packer fans here, I feel obligated to remind them that there’s an ongoing trainwreck in progress where the MVP is so disgusted with the organization that he’d rather sit out a year than play in Green Bay. That’s to say nothing of the fact that the organization is currently 34 million over the salary cap for 2022.

    Welcome to the football wastelands, packfans. On a positive note, the wastelands aren’t completely empty. You can always make friends with Texans fans as you both wander around for the next couple of decades.

  30. Again, the Bears are playing chess when the Vikings are playing checkers. Justin Fields will dominate this team for the next decade.

  31. CHI-TOWN HEAT says:
    June 15, 2021 at 4:20 pm
    Again, the Bears are playing chess when the Vikings are playing checkers. Justin Fields will dominate this team for the next decade.

    ———————

    Any move that this Bears regime makes has to be questioned after trading up to get Trubisky. They’ll be chasing Mahomes and Watson-like QB’s for the next decade in hopes to erase their mistake.

  32. Must be nice to have a fan base that’s simply satisfied with making the playoffs every other year. Its pretty much been super bowl or bust for the last 30 years over here to the east with only 2 successful seasons. I assume without Aaron Rodgers I will have to get used to being happy making the playoffs.

    If Rodgers sticks around for a while though, its back to SB or bust.

  33. Damn, Zimmer is all in on defense, knows that his offense is ok, and will go with that. How can you blame him?

  34. Basically, if everything works out the Viking should land in the top 10 defense and offense like most teams who go deep into the playoffs. Then it’s game on.

  35. paulhargis57 says:
    June 15, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    At least our GM is playing something and trying to improve the team, your GM seems to just be playing with himself.
    _________

    Really?
    The Packers GM has assembled a team that has won the division twice and went to consecutive NFC Championship games over the last two seasons.
    PFF ranked the Packers roster #1 in overall talent at the end of the 2020 season.
    And had them 4th at the end of the initial free agency period and draft.

    Minnesota’s Rick Spielman has basically advanced his reputation as someone who coddles domestic abusers.
    Sad.

  36. Wafflestomp says:
    June 15, 2021 at 7:31 pm
    paulhargis57 says:
    June 15, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    At least our GM is playing something and trying to improve the team, your GM seems to just be playing with himself.
    _________

    Really?
    The Packers GM has assembled a team that has won the division twice and went to consecutive NFC Championship games over the last two seasons.
    PFF ranked the Packers roster #1 in overall talent at the end of the 2020 season.
    And had them 4th at the end of the initial free agency period and draft.

    Minnesota’s Rick Spielman has basically advanced his reputation as someone who coddles domestic abusers.
    Sad.
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    Take away Rodgers and see just how great this team is.

    Just look what a HOF Qb can do for a team. Brady took a 7-9 team the year before to a SB win.

    Your front office has alienated not one, but two HOF quarterbacks

    Sad.

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