Paul Richardson Expected to Sign 5-Year, $40M Contract with Redskins

Ruben Hill
March 17, 2018

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Shelden Richardson is taking a free-agent visit to the Vikings on Thursday, a source confirmed.

The team announced the deal Thursday about 20 hours into National Football League free agency.

With Tom Johnson, a starter past year, and top reserve Shamar Stephen both free agents, the Vikings are looking to secure depth in the interior defensive line. Ben Goessling on Twitter says he will be visiting the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan, Minnesota.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Redskins, but multiple outlets reported on Tuesday that the contract is for five years and $40 million - with $20 million in guarantees.

Richardson, 25, attended Serra Gardena, Calif., helping lead the school to a 15-0 record and a state title in 2009 after transferring from Los Alamitos (Calif.) H.S. He was born April 13, 1992. At the time of the arrest, police reportedly found a loaded handgun in the auto, which smelled strongly of marijuana, though no drug or gun charges were filed after Richardson's arrest.

The defensive tackle would fill a big hole, but there is also the idea of spending a lot of money on a free agent defensive tackle when the team still has several needs to fill on their roster and not a lot of salary cap to go around.

Johnson started a year ago at three-technique defensive tackle but might leave the Vikings.

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