A first-round pick out of Missouri in 2013, Richardson burst onto the scene by winning the defensive rookie of the year award that season. However, Richardson was dealt due in part to his off-field issues, including a four-game suspension to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy in 2015, and a one-game ban in 2016 for personal conduct. In 2013, Richardson rushed for two touchdowns with the Jets.More news: What's The Story Behind Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN)
After signing Cousins to a three-year, $84 million contract on Thursday, the Vikings went to work on their interior defensive line.
The Vikings were confident that they were in good position with Richardson once he arrived in Minneapolis on Thursday. Minnesota restructured the contract of veteran running back Latavius Murray so his $5.15 salary wouldn't become guaranteed on Friday.More news: Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) Shares Sold by Capital Investment Advisors LLC
A source said free agent Tom Johnson, Minnesota's starter last season at the three-technique, will visit Seattle on Monday.
Richardson comes to Minnesota after playing with the Seattle Seahawks last season. Richardson, who was traded from the Jets to Seattle last summer in exchange for a second-rounder and WR Jermaine Kearse, joins Pro Bowlers Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen and rising star Danielle Hunter on what could rival the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFL's best four-man front.More news: Look! Apple Looks For Regulatory Approval For Shazam Acquisition
Per Pro Football Focus, Richardson had a player grade of 83.8 last season, 27th in football.