Report: Sheldon Richardson took less money from Vikings than Browns were offering

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When Sheldon Richardson signed with the Vikings last week, he reportedly eschewed a better offer from the Browns.

Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports that the Browns offered Richardson more money than the one-year, $3.6 million contract he signed with the Vikings. The report doesn’t specify the Browns’ offer but said Richardson’s contract with the Vikings (which includes incentives that could pay him up to $4.35 million) wasn’t as good.

So why did Richardson go to Minnesota? The report indicates that Richardson was miffed by the Browns’ decision to cut him this year and then offer him a lot less than the $11.9 million he was originally slated to make.

Richardson also reportedly has a good relationship with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who coached Richardson in his previous stint in Minnesota in 2018. It was Richardson’s strong play in Zimmer’s defense that led to the big contract he got with the Browns in 2019, and Richardson may think another trip to Minnesota could yield similar results next year.

23 responses to “Report: Sheldon Richardson took less money from Vikings than Browns were offering

  1. The Vikings offer was guaranteed money. The Browns offer was only more because of incentives tied to it.

  2. It’s his choice but Richardson has never been the most sensible person. He’s talented but immature

  3. Smart man. Work hard, play hard, get paid again. If he can rack up 5+ sacks as a situational passrusher up the middle, he will definitely get some good money next year.

  4. Everyone has a right to do what they think is best for them. Sheldon is a good football player, but there have been times when his decisions haven’t necessarily been the best, even for himself. If this guy utilized his natural talents to his fullest, he’d be a HOF type player, and he wouldn’t be available.

  5. He likely would have started for the Browns, but with the Vikings will be a rotational player, likely spelling Pierce on passing downs. Could also play DE in a 3-4 set that the Vikings are considering utilizing in specific situations.

  6. Easy decision for Richardson. Play in a great defense, don’t get overworked, and get a big contract next year when the cap bounces back.

  7. I admire Richardson’s call. Respect is more important than money especially when you can afford it.

  8. It’s the smart rational decision.
    The guaranteed bird in hand, is worth more than the 2 in the bush.
    Besides, this way, Sheldon’s on the golf course right after Week 17.

  9. Not trashing the Browns at all as I now like the way their organization is set up, but as a Viking fan it is encouraging to see players want to return to play for this team and coaching staff. I suspect it has as much to do with Andre Patterson as it does Zimmer.

  10. It’s not a surprise, it’s happened before with others. Emotions are involved, if the team gives you a pay cut you don’t feel as respected, so you’ll take a lesser deal somewhere else.

  11. Players know which are the teams to join and which are the teams to fight to get away from

  12. A lot of players would like to sign with the Vikings for less money, if it means working. You take what you can get at a certain point.

  13. We look incredible on paper. Now take that to the field and we have something.

  14. Incredible on paper, another off-season championship secured no doubt.

  15. Wafflestomp says:

    Besides, this way, Sheldon’s on the golf course right after Week 17.

    Typical uneducated packer fan… There’s 18 weeks in an NFL season homie.

  16. lenthevikesfan says:
    June 21, 2021 at 10:26 pm
    Wafflestomp says:

    Besides, this way, Sheldon’s on the golf course right after Week 17.

    Typical uneducated packer fan… There’s 18 weeks in an NFL season homie.
    ______

    Oof! You got me!
    I didn’t account for the extra week this year.
    How will I ever sleep. 🙄

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