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Ex-Viking Richardson to sign with Browns

13 March 2019

The excitement of the discovery of Baker Mayfield didn't cloud general manager John Dorsey's vision that he needed to strengthen his front seven.

The Browns continued to load up on their defensive line by agreeing to a three-year deal with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

ESPN was first to report Richardson's agreement. Richardson and Vernon will combine with Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi to form a young (Vernon and Richardson are the eldest at 28) and active group that can play the run and the pass.

He's done it, and Richardson's addition will give Dorsey more flexibility heading into next month's draft.

It's possible Dorsey will use the selection - Cleveland now has 10 picks in 2019 - to get another playmaker for quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Heading into the 2019 offseason, the Minnesota Vikings knew they were likely going to lose some pretty talented players to free agency. Prior to that Richardson spent a season with the Seattle Seahawks and four with the New York Jets, who drafted him 13 overall in 2013. Richardson will be joining his fourth different team. He appeared in all 16 games last season, racking up a total of 49 tackles (six for a loss), 16 quarterback hits, and 4.5 sacks.

Ex-Viking Richardson to sign with Browns