Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was unsuccessfully in his overtures to sign DE Michael Johnson during free agency the past two off-seasons.
Johnson had his best seasons when he played under Zimmer in Cincinnati the first five years of his NFL career. The Vikings wanted him as a pass rushing complement to Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. However, with a lucrative offer in hand from the Vikings, Johnson left Minnesota with his heart set on returning to Cincinnati.
Zimmer must now look to the draft if he want to add a “Michael Johnson like” pass rusher to his defensive arsenal.