Report: Vikings sign defensive tackle Linval Joseph
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The Minnesota Vikings reportedly made their first move less than an hour and a half into free agency as they acquired defensive tackle Linval Joseph, per Fox Sports' Alex Marvez.
Joseph, 25, is fresh off his rookie deal after the New York Giants drafted him in the second round (46th overall) in the 2010 draft. At 6'4", 323lbs, he's a likely candidate to help fill the Vikings' hole at nose tackle in first-year coach Mike Zimmer's defense. Joseph brings size and durability to the table -- as he appeared in 46 of 48 games for the Giants in the last three seasons.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Linval signed a five-year, $31.5 million deal, which equates to $6.3 million per year.
Joseph graded out as ProFootballFocus.com's 21st-rated defensive tackle last season, but was 15th against the run with a +8.0 grade. He'll likely be in competition to start alongside second-year three-technique Sharrif Floyd, depending on any other defensive tackle signings. Joseph is the only nose tackle candidate under contract now, aside from defensive tackle Chase Baker.