We know all about the big free agent signing that the Minnesota Vikings will likely be announcing at some point today (or perhaps on Thursday). But they’re also looking into making a move on the defensive side of the football as well.
While the #Vikings aren't expected to make any big moves in the first wave of free agency (besides youknowwho), they have inquired about DL Sheldon Richardson, per sources. #Seahawks would like to retain him.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2018
According to Close, Personal Friend of The Daily Norseman Tom Pelissero™, the Vikings have reached out to Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Richardson was a first round pick of the new York Jets in 2013 after an outstanding college career at Missouri. He played for the Jets through the 2016 season, and just before the start of the regular season in 2017 was traded to the Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft choice.
While Richardson played defensive end for the Jets, he shifted inside when he got to Seattle and played defensive tackle. As Pelissero says in his tweet, the Seahawks would like to keep Richardson around, but I have to be honest. . .I think Richardson might like the idea of lining up next to Linval Joseph on defense, and he’d be the kind of disruptor at the defensive tackle spot that the Vikings could use up front.
I don’t know how good the odds are of the Vikings actually bringing Sheldon Richardson into the fold, but hey. . .it’s something else to talk about, at least.