The Vikings will not re-sign Richardson
With the little amount of spending money that Minnesota is going to have this offseason, re-signing Richardson just doesn’t seem like the best decision for the team to make.
The Vikings have a few other options to replace his services and this year’s incoming draft class is full of a number of talented defensive tackles. Minnesota also selected defensive end Jalyn Holmes in last year’s NFL Draft and the team has been in the process of converting him to an interior lineman for their defense.
With these two viable options to choose from instead of spending a bunch of money to re-sign Richardson, the Vikings should still be able to have one of the league’s top defensive lines next season.
Who even knows if Richardson will continue to perform like he did in 2018 once he signs a big contract. He certainly wouldn’t become the first player in NFL history to coast out on the field after agreeing to a lucrative deal.
Obviously, Minnesota would probably love to re-sign Richardson this year. But with the Vikings’ current salary cap situation and retaining him not being at the very top of their offseason priority list, letting the talented defensive tackle cash in with another team seems like the right decision for the team to make.