Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph (97) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Sign Defensive Tackle Linval Joseph


With holes all along the defensive line, the Vikings almost had no choice but to dip into free agency and shore up that situation.

It started with the move to retain Everson Griffen. The Vikings added to their defensive line in the early hours of free agency by inking former Giants tackle Linval Joseph, per Alex Marvez.

The 6-foot-4 inch, 320 pound Joseph was a second round pick out of East Carolina back in 2010. At 25, he’s a guy whose best years may very well be ahead of him. He was outstanding in 2013, amassing 54 tackles and 3 sacks and grading out at PFF as the 24th ranked defensive tackle in the league.

Run stuffing is the specialty for Joseph. Mike Zimmer obviously wants to get more physical in the interior of the defensive line, and Joseph should help them get there.

The Vikings reportedly also looked at some other tackles, including Paul Soliai, who ended up signing with Atlanta.

Update: Contract details per Adam Schefter: $31.5 million over five years.

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  • Ken Tomlin

    Great signing!! Now get Verner and call it a day!! Lol! SKOL VIKINGS!!

    • manbearpig01

      verner just re-signed with colts. luckily there are still plenty of other CB options out there. I love this signing too!!

      • David Mallow

        Vontae Davis resigned with the Colts not Verner, he played in Tennesse anyways…hes still floating around out there somewhere

      • Bobby Gedde

        Vontae Davis sign with the Colts not Verner

      • Ken Tomlin

        Zimmer and Spielman obviously had a plan. Shore up the D-line by signing Joseph and re-signing Griffen. With all the top CBs getting big contracts, the VIKES will probably look at going after CBs that won’t break the bank. Very smart move. If they could get someone like a Carroll or Munnerlyn to handle the nickel in FA that would be great! Then, draft my fav CB, Gilbert at 8 or trade down a couple spots and still draft him while picking up extra picks!! SEA may have their ” Legion of Boom”. We get Gilbert to play with Smith and Rhodes, we’d have the” HARBINGERS of RAGNAROK “!! ( for those unfamiliar with RAGNAROK, in Norse mythology it is the” end of days”) Lol!! Being a Viking fan ya gotta love Norse mythology right?! Lol! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

    • David Mallow

      I’m starting to believe Verner isn’t an option. I how and have my toes crossed that he is tough… if not they need to grab a couple mid level guys. One signing will be shameful, but I LOVE the Joseph signing. The DLine still needs depth, but Floyd and Joseph should be great, with Griffen and Robison as well…I like the sound of that

    • Bobby Gedde

      Verner sign with the Buccaneers

  • jacknine

    Dont over pay for a FA corner, there 2 studs in the draft at 8. Mid level LB and OG would be good though.

    • 3kolu

      I love Justin Gilbert, size, speed, athletic ratio with serious ball skills. Pick 6 machine. Khalil Mack is a beast, but he could come off at #6 or #7.

  • 3kolu

    Soliai signed for $33 million, and he’s over 30, we came out golden on this deal. We still have about $20 million of cap space and that should increase when we restructure Greenways contract, leaving nearly $25 million. Smells like Alterraun Verner or Jairus Byrd could close out this fastly furious day.

    • Bobby Gedde

      Verner signed with the Bucs and Jarius Byrd sign with the Saints

  • Spencer Davis

    Let’s cross our fingers for Cromartie! He’s durable and knows how to play press and man up. And at 6’2″ with high end speed and quickness, he’ll fit perfect in Zimmer’s defense. And not to mention he shouldn’t command as much cap space as the top corners this year. Though surprisingly, Verner signed for four years at 26 million. He must have a man crush on Lovie Smith for the low of dough! Great signing in Joseph, we needed a true nose tackle. And don’t be surprised if K-Will comes back for a cheap two year deal after he realizes no one will give him a decent contract, nor will they let him start. He’s an R player no matter what, “Retired or Rotational”. He might as well come back with the Vikes and retire in Purple, seeing as so few of players these days spend their entire tenure with one team. SKOL!

  • Eddie Torres

    They have all that money and what do they do with it?? They sign the same guys that we have gripped about for the last two years! Greenway deserves to be brought back..he didn’t have a usual Greenway year, but how many on the team did? And he agreed, to contract restructure…Viking fans deserve a top notch CB to get guys in the backfield to finally play their positions like their supposed to..Cromartie would make the most sense to do just that…