Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was unsuccessfully in his overtures to sign defensive end Michael Johnson during free agency over 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 ultimately left Minnesota with his heart set on returning to Cincinnati.
Zimmer must now look to the draft if he wants to add a “Michael Johnson like” pass rusher to his defensive arsenal.