Sheldon Richardson

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Browns to sign DT Sheldon Richardson to three-year contract

John Dorsey adds second member to rebuild defensive line

March 12, 2019

Daryl Ruiter-Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – John Dorsey has elected not to wait for the NFL Draft to improve the interior of the defensive line.

The Browns have agreed to a three-year, $39 million with $21.5 million guarenteed deal with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Richardson had 4.5 sacks, six tackles for loss 16 QB hits and 49 tackles last season for the Vikings.

Originally drafted by the New York Jets 13th overall in 2013, Richardson made the Pro Bowl in 2014.

Richardson, who is set to join his fourth team in as many years after spending his first four with the Jets, has started 87 of 89 games in his career where he has totaled 23.5 sacks, 49 tackles for loss, 76 QB hits, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

New York traded Richardson to Seattle in 2017 before he signed last year with the Vikings.

Richardson is the second defensive lineman added by Dorsey in less than a week.

On Friday, Dorsey agreed to a trade with the Giants for defensive end Olivier Vernon.

Cleveland’s new front four of Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Richardson and Vernon combined for 30.5 sacks, 81 quarterback hits and 33 tackles for loss in 2018.

Both moves can't become official until the league year starts Wednesday at 4 p.m. eastern.