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Browns agree to deal with DT Sheldon Richardson

Browns agree to deal with DT Sheldon Richardson

Both moves can't become official until the league year starts Wednesday at 4 p.m. eastern.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday, Richardson is expected to sign a three-year deal to join the Cleveland Browns. The deal includes $21.5 million in guaranteed money.

Richardson had 4.5 sacks, six tackles for loss 16 QB hits and 49 tackles last season for the Vikings. That changed with the addition of Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants as well as with the recent news of Richardson joining the club. Richardson and Vernon will combine with Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi to form a young (Vernon and Richardson are the eldest at 28) and active group that can play the run and the pass.

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During his one year with the Vikings, Richardson was a solid part of the team's talented defensive line. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive lineman began his career as the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Richardson was suspended for the Jets' first four games in 2015 season for violating the substance-abuse policy for testing positive for marijuana.