What to expect from new Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson

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The Minnesota Vikings have brought back defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for the 2021 NFL season and it is hard to know what to expect from him.

It appears as though the Minnesota Vikings aren’t going to let themselves get pushed around on defense the way they did during their 2020 campaign. The Vikings have been very active in making sure they have a lot of talent available to stop the run and defend against the pass in effort of making the playoffs this year.

This year’s roster boasts new faces in Patrick Peterson, Xavier Woods, Dalvin Tomlinson to go with returning players Mackensie Alexander and Stephen Weatherly while the team worked out a deal to put Danielle Hunter on the field in 2021. Plus, Minnesota will get Michael Pierce in the lineup after he sat out last season due to COVID-19 concerns.

When the roster seemed ready to roll for minicamp, the Vikings made a couple of transactions that included signing veteran defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a one-year deal worth $3.6M.

This is an interesting move for Minnesota, considering their salary cap situation and their current roster. So let’s break this transaction in terms of what Sheldon Richardson has to offer the Vikings and what to expect from him in the upcoming season.