While it remains to be seen whether the Vikings have the financial room to bring back defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, they closed in on a familiar face to help bolster the position.

According to a league source, the team plans to bring back defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, who played with the Vikings from 2014-17 before spending last season in Seattle. ESPN reported Stephen would return on a three-year deal.

Stephen, who earned the nickname “The Big Fundamental” from defensive line coach Andre Patterson during his first stint in Minnesota, delivered impressive returns after the Vikings took him 220th overall in 2014.