Richardson signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Browns on Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Richardson was solid for the Vikings in 2018, recording 49 tackles (26 solo) and 4.5 sacks in 16 games. The 28-year-old should assume a starting role on a defensive line that includes DT Larry Ogunjobi and defensive ends Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon.
Richardson plans to sign a three-year deal with the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Richardson repaired his value in one season with Minnesota, piling up 49 tackles (26 solo), 16 quarterback hits and 4.5 sacks as a 16-game starter. He figures to operate as a starting defensive tackle in Cleveland's 4-3 defense, joining a line that includes DT Larry Ogunjobi and defensive ends Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon. The Browns should have a formidable pass rush for the first time in recent memory.
Richardson (hip) is active Sunday against Miami. Richardson was limited in practice each day this week but hasn't missed a game all year and doesn't intend for that to start in Week 15. He'll presumably line up again as a starting defensive tackle alongside Linval Joseph.
Richardson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphin with a hip injury, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Richardson was a limited participant at practice this week to earn the questionable tag, but appears on track to play Sunday. Tom Johnson and Jaleel Johnson would see increased workloads at defensive tackle should Richardson be inactive Sunday.
Richardson had two sacks and seven total tackles in Sunday's win over Green Bay. After six games without a sack, RIchardson has 2.5 sacks in his last three games. He's been getting consistent pressure on the quarterback with five QB hits and 17 QB hurries over his last nine games, according to Pro Football Focus, so he should be able to have more luck with sacks the final five games of the season.
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|3||09/23||Los Angeles Rams||29|
|5||10/08||@San Francisco 49ers||14|
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