Free Agency

Vikings Lock Up DT Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson reportedly wanted to be paid like a starter, which presumably meant he wanted to be a starter, so some thought he would be leaving the Minnesota Vikings where Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph sit atop the rotation at defensive tackle.

I am happy to pass along, however, some news that should be viewed as a good thing for the depth and quality along the defensive line:

Tom Pelissero says that the Vikings have signed Johnson to a three year deal worth $7 million, with about $3 million in guarantees. Without all of the details, that seems like an easily managed contract that keeps the Vikings armed with continuity and dependability at the defensive tackle position.

Johnson had 22 tackles, six sacks, and a forced fumble in a limited role during the 2014 season.

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  1. Johnson is the type of quality player the Vikings can retain when there is a decent coach running the team. No way he would re-sign if they still had clown shoes Childress or the do nothing Frazier in charge.

    Adam, great photo of Johnson.

  2. Tom gave the Vikings defensive some quality snaps last season. Great early jump start to free agency. Nice deal for a good rotational guy with 6.5 sacks at the DT position. Glad he is back!

  3. I think he will be starting over Linval Joseph this year. He had 6 sacks in limited play and looked better.

  4. Linval is better against the run. We need him to anchor our run D. Johnson is great at what he does too. It wouldn’t make sense to put Johnson out on early downs instead of Joseph most of the time because that would not be aimed at their strengths. After week 5 Joseph was a stud in run D. He had early adjustments to the scheme and had missed time in preseason. It’s great we have a good rotation for keeping these guys fresh.

  5. Good to retain your own that produce. Also, I hope we have a legit shot at R. Moore.

  6. Good signing but…last year was a career-year for him, and that almost completely due to his pass rush. I just hope he can sustain the drive he showed last year in the seasons to come.

    1. I think he will be ok.He fits Zimmer’s defense well and has found a role that suits him.He has also been rewarded with the new contract so should be in a happy place.
      Coach and player are a good fit,and I expect Johnson will work hard to maintain his production and please the coach that took him to a new level.