Sheldon Richardson could return to Minnesota
Among the latest rumors of the Minnesota Vikings spreading is a possible return to the Twin Cities for defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Mid-June isn’t usually the time when a bunch of Minnesota Vikings rumors pop up, but Monday turns out to be a pretty active day for purple and gold.
Not only would the Vikings have convinced Danielle Hunter to accept a reworked contract, but the team could also bring an old friend back to their locker room.
Vikings rumors: Sheldon Richardson would give Minnesota incredible depth on the defensive line
When Richardson was released by the Browns a few weeks ago, no one really thought a return to the Vikings would be a possibility for him since the top of their defensive tackle depth chart is currently occupied by Dalvin tomlinson and Michael pierce.
But if Richardson is ready to take on more of a backup role in 2021, then he would be a great addition to Minnesota’s roster. Having him on the defensive line next season would allow the Vikings to keep Tomlinson and Pierce fresh every week, and if either of those two were to run out of time due to injury in 2021, Richardson could easily fill in as a starter.
With the Browns last season, the former Minnesota defensive tackle appeared in all 16 games (including two playoff games), and he finished with 64 tackles (five for a loss), 22 pushes, 10 hits. of the watch, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
So he’s clearly still capable of being a starter at this point in his NFL career. But at 30 now, Richardson may be looking to be part of a team that could compete in 2021.
The Vikings’ chances of being an NFC contender would certainly increase if Richardson agrees to return. It is definitely something to watch for the next few days.