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    Chiefs FB Richardson joins Vikings

    [size=9px]Updated: March 21, 2006, 3:06 PM ET[/size]

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    The Minnesota Vikings, who essentially played with no fullback on the roster under Mike Tice, have added one of the NFL's best players at the position for the West Coast-style attack that first-year head coach Brad Childress will install for this season
    Two-time Pro Bowl performer Tony Richardson, an 11-year veteran who had played his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs, on Tuesday reached agreement in principle on a two-year contract, ESPN.com has learned. The deal will pay Richardson about $2.5 million.

    Richardson, 34, visited with Minnesota officials over the weekend, received a contract proposal on Monday and told the Vikings he needed a day to consider it. On Tuesday, he ended a long relationship with the Chiefs and with a city where he had become a fixture on and off the field, and accepted the deal, which includes a six-figure signing bonus.

    There were a number of teams interested in the classy Richardson, and there were even some discussions about re-signing in Kansas City.

    A former Auburn star, Richardson originally entered the league with Dallas as an undrafted college free agent in 1994, and spent some time on the Cowboys' practice squad that season. He was released, signed with the Chiefs in 1995 and spent the next 11 seasons with the team.

    A conventional fullback, one whose statistics aren't indicative of his contribution, Richardson is a solid lead blocker and receiver. His acquisition completes the remaking of the Minnesota backfield, which will be completed overturned from the one that opened the 2005 season, given that Brad Johnson replaces Daunte Culpepper at quarterback and free agent addition Chester Taylor is the new tailback.

    Having a strong character player like Richardson in the locker room will also be a plus for Childress as he attempts to improve the Vikings' image.

    Richardson has carried 395 times for 1,576 yards and 15 touchdowns and has 177 receptions for 1,298 yards and nine touchdowns in his career. His best season was in 2000, when he posted career bests for rushing attempts (147) and yards (697) and also added 58 receptions for 468 yards. The durable fullback has played in 163 games and started in 96 of them. Richardson was named to the Pro Bowl squad following the 2003-2004 seasons.

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    Re: Chiefs FB Richardson joins Vikings

    Sweet,had heard on the radio that Kansas city was reporting he signed with the Vikes but could not get conformation!
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: Chiefs FB Richardson joins Vikings

    This is great news. He's a welcomed addition. Does anyone know where the Vikes are regarding the salary cap now?

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    Re: Chiefs FB Richardson joins Vikings

    Yeah baby thats what I like to hear.

    Thanks PurplePeopleEaters for the sig AWSOME!!

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    Re: Chiefs FB Richardson joins Vikings

    If there's any question of what type of guy he is, this says it all.


    KCChiefs.com reports Kansas City Chiefs president/general Carl Peterson was disappointed to see FB Tony Richardson head to the Minnesota Vikings. "I am personally disappointed that we were not able to work out a new contract for Tony Richardson. Obviously, his contributions both on and off the field in his ten years here have been outstanding. We sincerely thank Tony for all his efforts and accomplishments while in Kansas City. We wish him the very best in his new career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. I made it clear to Tony, as I have on numerous occasions, that when he is finished with his playing career I would like him to be a part of the Kansas City Chiefs organization. That offer and promise still holds and we look forward to seeing Tony in the future."


    And to the people biatching about not getting any big name guys last week, this makes two pro-bowlers in a little more than 12 hours.

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    Re: Chiefs FB Richardson joins Vikings

    He will dominate in our west coast just like he did in KC.

    I bet Chester Taylor is doing a dance right now.
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    Re: Chiefs FB Richardson joins Vikings

    Richardson and Hutchinson, there youre big signings! To of the best at what they do


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    Nice solid addition and he is a great receiver out of the backfield.
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    "skum" wrote:
    Richardson and Hutchinson, there youre big signings! To of the best at what they do
    I never try to be the grammar or spelling police and I especially hate doing it now because I think we're on the same page but this had me laughing so hard. Maybe the worst two sentences ever written in English.

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    Yup, for all those whiners out there who said we didn't get "Edge" or any other big names, the Vikings have had a marvelous FA period geting some very high quality players that will be a credit to the organization and the TEAM! Now, if we can just get a good back-up QB and a lineback and safety I will feel VERY good about this team next year. I'M PUMPED!
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