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Vikings, Joseph agree on 4-year extension

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 11: Linval Joseph #98 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after sacking Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Vikings defeated the Titans 25-16. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

  • On Saturday, Minnesota Vikings NT Linval Joseph agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $50 million with $31.5 million guaranteed. His 85.4 overall grade in 2016 ranked 14th among defensive interior players.
  • Drafted by the New York Giants in 2010, Joseph has quietly been a consistent force – especially against the run – throughout his career. He joined Minnesota in 2014 and his top season came in 2015 (90.1 overall grade).
  • Where Joseph has improved considerably is his pass-rushing over the past two seasons. In those two years, he’s collected 60 total pressures, an impressive number for a nose tackle where his main role is to stuff the run.
  • 2015 showcased both dominance in run defense (90.3 run-defense grade – ranked fourth among DI) and pass rush (82.1 pass-rush grade – ranked 14th). Joseph’s 10.6 run-stop percentage in 2015 tied for sixth among NT/DTs.

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