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Minnesota Vikings bring back defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (98) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) during the first half of an NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

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Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (98) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) during the first half of an NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal] Browns 23

The Minnesota Vikings signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, however NFL Network reported the contract was for 2021 and worth $3.6 million. According to the report, Richardson’s deal can be worth up to $4.5 million with incentives.

It marks a return to Minnesota for Richardson, a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2013. After four seasons with the Jets, he played with the Seattle Seahawks (2017) and Vikings (2018) before signing a three-year free agent deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $37 million, including $21 million guaranteed.

The Browns released Richardson in a salary-cap move in April.

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Richardson, 30, recorded 64 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 16 games (all starts) last season.

He was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year at the end of the 2013 season and selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014.

Richardson has played 121 career games (118 starts) and has 461 tackles (58 for loss), 31 sacks, 92 quarterback hits, 10 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception.

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