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Vikings ink Sheldon Richardson to one-year deal
The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to a one-year deal, report ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Vikings make their second splashy move of the week as they add the big man up front. At 27, Richardson is coming off of a nice year with the Seattle Seahawks, who were unable to retain the one-time Pro Bowler. He makes the Vikings' defense that much better for 2018.
In 15 games, Richardson tallied 27 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception in 2017.
Packers sign cornerback Kyle Fuller to offer sheet
According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, the Green Bay Packers have signed cornerback Kyle Fuller to a mult-year offer sheet.
The Chicago Bears had placed their transition tag on Fuller, at a price of $12.9 million for this season. The team has been clear that they'd match any offer placed on the former first-round pick, but the Packers could push them against the salary cap. In the event the Bears fail to match in the next five days, they would receive no compensation in return.
Through 3 NFL seasons, Fuller has played in all 48 games with a total of 158 tackles, 41 passes defensed and 8 interceptions. Pro Football Focus rated him 21st among all cornerbacks in 2017.
Bengals' Vontaze Burfict facing a four-game suspension for PEDs
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Burfict is appealing the decision, but his history of transgressions won't exactly help him. He was also suspended three games last season for an illegal hit.
In 2017, Burfict accumulated 69 total tackles and 2 sacks across 10 games.
Greg Olsen still 'committed' to playing for Panthers in 2018
Carolina Panther tight end Greg Olsen is "committed" to playing football in 2018, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Olsen has reportedly been auditioning for a broadcast job with ESPN, but Rapoport's sources say it's merely for "life after football," and won't affect his playing status for the upcoming season. It sounds like for now we should expect Olsen back for at least one more season, but we probably shouldn't rule out the alternative just yet.
In 2017, Olsen produced 17 receptions, 191 yards, and 1 touchdown across seven games.
Panthers' Greg Olsen could retire, join Monday Night Football crew
Per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is auditioning Friday for an analyst position on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
There hasn't been much talk around Olsen and his thoughts about retirement. If he doesn't get the position, he could return to football, but Marchand believes that he could draw interest from Fox if Peyton Manning doesn't take the position for Thursday Night Football. Olsen had called a game for Fox while injured a year ago. With his fill-in Ed Dickson gone in free agency, the team is believed to be in on free agent Eric Ebron.
Last year, Olsen produced 17 receptions, 191 yards and a score in 7 starts. He has 1 year and $6.5 million left on his contract.
Saints re-sign Alex Okafor on $10 million deal
The New Orleans Saints and defensive end Alex Okafor have agreed to terms, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport has the deal at two years and worth a maximum of $10 million. Okafor had visited Tampa Bay, but he ultimately decided to stay on with the Saints. The 27-year-old edge rusher is coming off an Achilles injury and isn't expected back until training camp.
In 10 games, Okafor accounted for 27 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles a year ago. He rated as Pro Football Focus' 22nd-ranked edge rusher.
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