Free-agent fullback Tony Richardson has told Sports Illustrated’s website that he has agreed to terms with the New York Jets. Richardson, who spent the past two seasons with the Vikings, also was believed to have drawn interest from the St. Louis Rams. The Vikings made no real attempt to bring back Richardson and instead added former Eagles fullback Thomas Tapeh early in the free agency process.
Richardson left the Kansas City Chiefs after 11 seasons in 2006 to join the Vikings. Last season he was elected to the NFC Pro Bowl team after helping rookie running back Adrian Peterson rush for 1,341 yards and Chester Taylor rush for 844 yards.
Richardson is the fifth Vikings player to depart since free agency began last Friday, joining LB Dontarrious Thomas (49ers); DT Spencer Johnson (Bills); RB Mewelde Moore (Steelers); and S Tank Williams (Patriots).
The Vikings, meanwhile, still appear to be talking to free-agent receiver Robert Ferguson and versatile defensive lineman Darrion Scott. Among the believed sticking points in talks with Ferguson the amount of money the receiver wants compared to what the Vikings are willing to pay.
Keep in mind, Ferguson’s friend and former Green Bay teammate Javon Walker just got a huge contract from the Oakland Raiders and it’s not as if Walker is coming off a great season.
Kearse update: Defensive end Jevon Kearse was supposed to visit with the Vikings today after visiting the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, but the Nashville Tennessean reports he is now scheduled to spend more time with the Titans coaches today. According to the paper, Kearse is not sure if he’s going to make the trip to Minnesota. Here’s the article.