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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