According to Vikings.com, the Minnesota Vikings have released Charlie Johnson. Signed in August of 2011, Johnson spent four years on the Vikings offensive line. Resigned in early 2014 to a two-year deal, the veteran guard never quite lived up to expectations and his release comes at no surprise. Pro Football Focus ranked Charlie Johnson 56 of 78 at his position in the 2014 Seaosn.
Charlie Johnson was due 2.5 million in 2015 with no guarantees. The Vikings will incur no “dead money” and add that amount to their available salary cap.
Currently, sophomore guard David Yankey is next in line on the depth chart though, the Vikings will likely address the vacancy left by Johnson’s departure in either free agency or the draft. Brandon Scherff, Iowa offensive lineman, has been mocked to the Vikings frequently and is a possible selection by the Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft.