MANKATO — The Vikings agreed to terms with nose tackle Linval Joseph on a contract extension on Saturday.
Joseph, 28, becomes the latest Vikings defender to get paid and the latest star whom Minnesota has locked up long-term. He told the Star Tribune on Saturday night that his four-year extension can keep him in Minnesota through the 2022 season. He can earn up to $50 million in new money with $31.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media.
“I feel like I’m a part of something and that’s a great feeling,” Joseph said. “Right now, I just want to grow. I want our team to grow and I want to win that big ring.”
The dominant interior lineman is coming off a career year in which he made his first Pro Bowl with career-best marks in tackles (77), sacks (4) and forced fumbles (3).
Head coach Mike Zimmer, entering his 18th NFL season since becoming a defensive coordinator in Dallas, recently said Joseph is the “best [nose tackle] I’ve ever been around.”
Under his old deal, Joseph was set to become a free agent after the 2018 season with $6.85 million cap hits each of the next two seasons.
The Vikings locked up Joseph, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and defensive end Everson Griffen with recent contracts through the 2022 season. Griffen received $58 million on a four-year extension. Rhodes signed a five-year, $70 million extension earlier in camp.
The Vikings had $11.7 million in cap space prior to Joseph’s new deal.