Ex-Jets troublemaker finds home with Super Bowl threat

Sheldon Richardson waves as he leaves the field ejected for fighting in the final minute of play. The Seattle Seahawks played the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday

Sheldon Richardson waves as he leaves the field ejected for fighting in the final minute of play. The Seattle Seahawks played the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday

Watching last season's National Football League playoffs, you would have been forgiven for being taken in by the mystique of postseason success enjoyed by Philadelphia Eagles backup and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, journeyman Case Keenum and the much-derided Blake Bortles, and perhaps left believing that a top-tier quarterback is not necessary to challenge for a Lombardi Trophy. Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, who was selected in the fourth round, noticeably made an impact during the preseason, but rarely saw the field, playing a total of 41 snaps.

But until this week the Seahawks didn't have money available under the salary cap to give Richardson a competitve offer that might keep him testing free agency. Yes, Richardson got the red-carpet treatment in Minnesota.

The lack of sacks was enough of a concern to Richardson that he apologized during his opening remarks to his agent, Ben Dogra, for making his job of selling him more hard. The former Mizzou star is widely viewed as one of the league's most talented and versatile defensive linemen. "He didn't have a lot of sacks, but as I've said before, sacks are not our No. 1 goal". In Seattle, the former first-round pick racked up 27 tackles, a sack and an interception. The numbers don't always tell the story of how effective a player can be. He'll slot in as the three-technique opposite Joseph to create a nightmare scenario for interior offensive lines already tasked with decoding Zimmer's double-mug blitz scheme and defending the electric bookend tandem of Griffen and Hunter.

The deal is reportedly a one-year contract worth eight-million dollars, plus up to three-million in incentives. Richardson said the two had lunch while working on their deals with the team and that Cousins' signing affected his decision. "They used an eight-man rotation a year ago and you can see the results of that". "But what my wife and I are thrilled about is the organization we are walking into".

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Richardson won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.

But if Richardson gets away then maybe the Seahawks make a more aggressive effort for Suh.

While Johnson is nearly six years older than Richardson, he will cost significantly less money and has produced more sacks over the past four seasons.

Ultimately, the Vikings are hoping that the quarterback will help lead them to at least one Super Bowl win over the next three years. "I feel like this is it with them acquiring Kirk, talking to him, getting him to pluck his brain a little bit". "That's it no more than that, but we got our whole schedule". Chalk that up as a successful week.

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