Vikings sign Linval Joseph

The Vikings have agreed to terms with DT Linval Joseph (Marvez, March 11). His deal with the Vikings is for five years and $31.5 million (Schefter, March 11).

Joseph had 33 tackles and three sacks in 2013. In his four-year career with NYG, he had nine tackles and 106 tackles, starting nearly every game over the past three seasons.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

No way the Giants were going to give Joseph a contract of that length and amount. DT is a rotational position on the Giants’ defense and Joseph played better the less reps he got. Not that the Giants didn’t want him back, they just didn’t want him back at that price.

The telltale about Joseph’s Giant future may have come last year when they drafted Jon Hankins in the second round. Hankins played fairly well in  limited action and is very much in the team’s plans as a starter. Along with Cullen Jenkins, Markus Kuhn and possibly Mike Patterson ( needs to be re-signed), they have a solid interior.

An option could be they may bring back Justin Tuck and slide him around on the DL. His price will be much less than Joseph’s and he’s also the incumbent captain.




4 comments
Slim
Slim

Next is Beason. Helloooooooo 3-13

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

DTs are replaceable. The Giants have been doing it for years. They draft a guy to replace his predecessor when he leaves. That's exactly how Joseph got the job.

spider43
spider43

@Peter Sinapi  .....  I wouldn't say DT are "expendable", because it's obvious the Giants had a problem with their run game when their DT under performed in stopping the run in 2012. They addressed that issue in FA and the draft last year, and now losing Joseph simply means "next man up". This would be a great opportunity for someone like Hankins or Kuhn to now step up and show what they really have. Hopefully, we're not taking a step backward, but 6M was just way too much to pay Joseph when they have so many holes to fill. Losing Joseph is a good sacrifice to make because we already have depth at DT, and what we need is to fill so many holes elsewhere.