The Vikings join his defensive line. Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports (via Twitter) that Minnesota is signing a nose tackle Dalvin tomlinson. Reporting by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (via Twitter) that the deal is worth $ 22MM, including $ 20MM in total collateral.
Tomlinson has been a consistent starter since joining the Giants in 2017. The defensive lineman has started each of the Giants’ 64 games in the past four years, averaging 26.6 tackles and two sacks per season. He had another solid season in 2020, ending with career-high tackles per loss (eight) and QB hits (10). Pro Football Focus ranked Tomlinson as the 25th best inside defender out of 126 rated players in 2020.
While there were reports that the Giants wanted to keep Tomlinson, there were also rumors that the organization was buying the defensive lineman during last year’s trade deadline; the Packers were mentioned as possible suitors for the nose tackle.
The Vikings have apparently been in the defensive linemen market. Today we hear whispers that they were possible suitors for Trey hendrickson, who eventually signed with the Bengals. Despite Tomlinson’s signing, it appears Minnesota is still poised to roll with defensive tackle. Michael pierce next season.
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