Another loss for the Minnesota Vikings in free agency, although this one was expected given recent events.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who was released by the Vikings last week, has agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Joseph signed with the Vikings as a free agent in 2014 and was the first big signing of the Mike Zimmer era. He had a tough first season with Minnesota, though that can be chalked up to him getting shot in the leg in a Twin Cities nightclub during the preseason. After that, however, he established himself as one of the best nose tackles in the National Football League, and was a solid player for the Vikings all the way through his tenure.
He also gave us this, which I don’t think anyone will be forgetting anytime soon.
Who's going to stop him, huh? pic.twitter.com/cWIfmb9mDq— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 7, 2018
For our purposes, it’s important to note that Joseph won’t figure into any sort of Compensatory Pick calculations for the Vikings, as he was released rather than being allowed to have his contract expire.
Congratulations to Linval Joseph for landing on his feet. In the AFC. With a team that the Vikings won’t see again until they come to U.S. Bank Stadium in 2023.