The Minnesota Vikings have made their first big splash in free agency, signing former Giants defensive tackle, Dalvin Tomlinson, per Ian Rapoport. The contract seems to be a two-year deal that is worth $22 million, including $16 million guaranteed.
All the rumors throughout the day have said that the Vikings are going to look for mid-tier free agents at offensive line while focusing strongly on the defensive front. Well, they have certainly held to that form to this point. Tomlinson was one of the premier DTs on the free agent market. He ranked as the 25th graded defensive tackle per PFF, grading out at 75.1 and recorded 48 tackles, eight TFLs, 3.5 sacks, and 10 QB hits in 2020.
Tomlinson has not only played great for the Giants over the past four years, but he has also been extremely sturdy. He has not missed a single game, starting all 64 of his possible appearances. With the Vikings health issues in 2020, that should absolutely be of some comfort to the organization knowing they have a reliable player such as Tomlinson.
Alongside Michael Pierce, the Vikings look to have a deadly interior to their defensive line now, and while they can no longer sign DE Trey Hendrickson who is headed to Cincinnati, they can still draft another great pass rusher. If Danielle Hunter’s situation clears up, the Vikings defensive line is looking like one of the premier lines in the league.