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Report: Vikings lose free agent Sheldon Richardson to the Browns

A file photo of Sheldon Richardson Photo: KSTP/ File
A file photo of Sheldon Richardson

March 12, 2019 12:11 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have lost defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, a free agent, to the Cleveland Browns.

Richardson agreed Tuesday to a three-year, $39 million contract with Cleveland, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

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Richardson, who has played with three other teams since 2013 and been suspended twice by the NFL, will receive $21.5 million guaranteed, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because league rules prohibit teams from announcing signings until 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

ESPN was first to report Richardson's agreement.

KSTP Sports reported Monday the change was possible after a source close to Richardson said it was 70/30 the Vikings wouldn't be able to re-sign the starting defensive tackle.

During his time with the Vikings, Richardson had 49 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 16 games. The 28-year-old was the No. 13 overall pick by the Jets in 2013.

In six seasons, Richardson has 23 1/2 sacks and 195 tackles in 87 games. Richardson was the AP's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 with the Jets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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