Linval Joseph and Minnesota Vikings Agree to New Contract

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2017

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph works out during NFL football practice in Eden Prairie, Minn., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig
CRAIG LASSIG/Associated Press

SportsTrust Advisors announced Saturday on Twitter that defensive tackle Linval Joseph and the Minnesota Vikings came to terms on a contract extension.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it is a four-year deal worth $50 million with $31.5 million guaranteed.

Prior to the new contract, Joseph was signed through the 2018 season.

Injured Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tweeted his congratulations to Joseph:

Teddy Bridgewater @teddyb_h2o

Let's gooooooo!!!!! Big Goon! https://t.co/B9ZZOaE5Es

The 28-year-old is coming off his best season, as he registered 77 tackles and 4.0 sacks en route to his first career Pro Bowl.

Joseph was selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft out of East Carolina by the New York Giants.

He spent the first four seasons of his career with the G-Men before signing a free-agent deal with the Vikes prior to the 2014 campaign.

Joseph anchors the middle of a strong Minnesota defense as the nose tackle, and he excels at taking on multiple blockers to open lanes for pass-rushers such as Anthony Barr and Brian Robison.

With Joseph leading the way last season, the Vikings ranked third in the NFL in total defense.

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