The Packers Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Vikings

Larry Rupp
The Green Bay Packers should steal defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson away from the Minnesota Vikings.
The Green Bay Packers should steal defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson away from the Minnesota Vikings. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers fan base is likely still rejoicing from the news that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sticking around. The front office has to get down to business when it comes to building a team around the reigning NFL MVP, though. That means addressing positional needs in free agency.

The Packers have a lot of work to do to get under the salary cap limit, but it's safe to assume a number of contract restructures and cuts will get the job done. When that happens, the team should steal defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson away from their divisional rival Minnesota Vikings.

Packers Free Agency

This signing comes down to Green Bay's lack of defensive line depth more than anything else. The Packers finished in the middle of the pack in almost every pass rushing statistic and are set to lose contributor Tyler Lancaster to the open market. Finding someone to take his place is crucial.

Richardson is a nine-year NFL pro and knows what it takes to play in the NFC North. At 31 years of age, it's possible he would take a lower pay to join a contending team, too. Richardson has racked up 14.5 sacks and 45 quarterback hits while playing in every game possible over the last four years.

His consistency should be appealing to defensive coordinator Joe Barry, especially since there is only one truly productive inside lineman on the roster (Kenny Clark). Richardson has shown he can do it all, breaking up 18 passes and forcing 11 fumbles since being drafted back in 2013.

Green Bay will be aiming to earn its first Super Bowl title since 2011 and signing Richardson would be a great first step in improving. For now, the Packers has the second-best odds to win it all set at +750, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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