But if he can avoid big issues on that front in Seattle, Richardson will help the team defense and bring IDP upside. Perhaps that means he'll be a difference-maker in demanding extra attention, but his numbers should rise, too.
Richardson comes to Minnesota after playing with the Seattle Seahawks last season. Minnesota's four starting lineman of Griffen, Joseph, Richardson and Danielle Hunter will keep opposing quarterbacks up late at night, and could propel the Vikings to another NFC Championship Game appearance - if not more.
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Richardson was in town this morning to meet with the team and things clearly went well, as he signed a one-year deal for around $11 million (at least that's the word on Twitter as of the writing of this piece). Sacks. Buh. Terrible. Richardson was a first round pick (13th overall) out of Missouri for the New York Jets and has started all but two of the 73 possible games thus far in his career.
It's unclear what the compensation is in Richardson's "prove-it" deal, but Minnesota ensured it could afford both major additions this offseason by reportedly restructuring the contract of RB Latavius Murray earlier this week.
He started 15 games for Seattle, missing one with an injury, and was more impactful than his lone sack might suggest. He was traded before last season for Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-round pick.