The Browns continue to shore up the trenches signing DT Sheldon Richardson to a three-year deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports it will be for $39 million with over $21 million guaranteed.
Browns are giving former Vikings’ DT Sheldon Richardson a three-year, $39 deal that includes $21.5 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
Richardson hopefully finds a home in Cleveland with this being his fourth team since being drafted in 2013. Originally drafted by the Jets, he was traded to the Seahawks in 2017 then signed with the Vikings for a strong 2018 campaign. Richardson still being just 28, is one of the most athletic linemen in the NFL and will look to recapture that level of play he reached early last year.
The Browns will be hoping for that too if Richardson can play up to his ability this unit can be a truly terrifying one for AFC quarterbacks. Just this week Cleveland added Oliver Vernon alongside an already good unit of Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi and Emmanuel Ogbah. The defense ended last season 12th and has already gotten better with a deep draft on the defensive side of the ball looming.
Cleveland is looking to prove they have enough in the tank to make a push to the playoff for the first time since 2002. Behind second-year pivot Baker Mayfield, their newly formed defensive line and a draft to plug up the remaining holes the Browns may just make their return in 2020.