Selected 13th overall in the 2013 draft, Richardson averaged 4.2 tackles and 0.3 sacks per game in four seasons with the Jets, primarily operating as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He dropped off to 44 tackles (2.9 per game) and one sack in 15 games last season with Seattle in a 4-3 defense, but the stats undersell his level of disruptiveness. Richardson will be part of another 4-3 defense in Minnesota, where the presence of edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen (undisclosed) should free up one-on-one pass-rushing matchups inside. The 27-year-old interior rusher could cash in with a massive multi-year deal next offseason if he enjoys a big year with the star-studded Vikings.
Richardson will visit the Vikings on Thursday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Richardson's stint with the Seahawks appears as if it'll end after one season, which included 44 tackles and a career-low one sack. The deadline to hand out a franchise or transition tag came and went without the team tabbing any of their players, but negotiations apparently have continued between the two parties. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Richardson is asking for $15 million per season, but Seattle's counter offer was $11 million per year. Said talks may have been the impetus for Thursday's meeting with the Vikings, who employ a 4-3 defense and have an opening at defensive tackle next to Linval Joseph.
Richardson was traded to Seattle just before Week 1, registering 44 tackles (27 solo), a sack, a forced fumble and an interception in 15 games. The Seahawks and Richardson both seem hopeful a long-term agreement will come to fruition in the near future, instead of opting for the roughly $14 million franchise tag.
Richardson was traded from the Jets to the Seahawks prior to Week 1 and accrued a career-low sack total in the final year of his rookie contract. The 27-year-old will enter free agency in 2018 and is likely to be one of the most attractive options on the market at defensive tackle.
Richardson registered six tackles (four solo) and a sack in Monday's loss to the Falcons.
It was one of Richardson's best performances on the year as he registered a season high in tackles and added his first sack of the year. Through nine games this season he has 23 tackles (14 solo), one sack, one interception and one pass defensed.
|2013||New York Jets||16||78||42.0||36||3.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2014||New York Jets||16||67||42.0||25||8||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2015||New York Jets||11||35||20.0||15||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2016||New York Jets||15||62||38.0||24||1.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2013||New York Jets||16||15||4||4||1.0||1||2||0||2|
|2014||New York Jets||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||11||11||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Jets||15||14||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
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|2013||New York Jets||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2015||New York Jets||11||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Jets||15||0||0||1||0||2||0||2||0|