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While catching up on a hectic morning and early afternoon, I tripped over an e-mail from the Vikings that eventually made my jaw drop.

At first, it didn’t drop.  Because I assumed that the there must be another tackle named Charlie Johnson, other than the one that plays left tackle for the Colts.  You know, the one who started 15 games at left tackle for the Colts last year, protecting Peyton Manning’s blind side.

After donating a few page views to the billionaires at Google, it was then clear that the Vikings had swiped Johnson away from the Colts, even though the Colts had hoped to keep him.

I wouldn’t say that ship has sailed,” Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said on Sunday regarding the chances of keeping Johnson. “We’ll discuss it as we go forward.  But the market has slowed down right now.  So who’s to say what’s going on at this point.”

What’s going on at this point is that Johnson is gone.  And so only one day after Manning talked about taking less money so that quality players could be put in place around him, one of the most important players to a slow-footed, aging, right-handed quarterback will be protecting Donovan McNabb instead.

Of course, Johnson likely won’t supplant Bryant McKinnie as Minnesota’s left tackle.  But Johnson can play other positions on the line, including both guard positions and right tackle.  Either way, he gives the Vikings some help with a unit that could use it.

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92 Responses to “Vikings swipe Peyton’s blind-side protector”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Aug 1, 2011 2:46 PM

    I heard about this a couple hours ago and thought it sounded like a great signing. But then I checked your Top 80 Free Agents and he wasn’t on the list. He wasn’t even on the 17 that just missed the top 80. So I guess he isn’t really very good.

  2. kmurph1226 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:47 PM

    Not like they drafted a tackle in the first round or anything…

  3. ravensfan4life52 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:47 PM

    Peyton takes a paycut so the Colts can cut their best DB, lose their starting left tackle and resign a below average RB. nicely done Bill Polian. I can see why many people in Indianapolis argue that you’re the best GM in the NFL. (sarcasm)

  4. sj39 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:48 PM

    Uh-oh.

  5. jenniferxxx says: Aug 1, 2011 2:48 PM

    Manning didn’t take less money. He stuffed his pockets. And this is what happens. Deal with it.

  6. wtfru2 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:48 PM

    Adios to slow footed McKinnie!

  7. cardsfann1 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:49 PM

    I reckon Manning feels bamboozled and hoodwinked now!!!

  8. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:49 PM

    Peyton Manning is still the best player in the NFL. But he might only retire with one ring. Maybe he should have taken less in order to sign better players around him. He isn’t close to the end though. Manning has at least two and maybe three top years left IMHO.

  9. garyandersonsleftfoot says: Aug 1, 2011 2:49 PM

    YES!!!! Excellent move from a Vikings front office that is being heavily hated on for “letting” Sydney walk, and replacing him with… Michael Jenkins? This is just the start, sign Olin Kreutz and make a run at Floyd or Edwards, then were (maybe) talking a winning season…

  10. pfii63 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:50 PM

    LOL!

    So much for the $90 million man being able to stay on his feet.

    That thud you hear in Indianapolis is a closing window.

  11. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 1, 2011 2:50 PM

    Next thing you know, McNabb will steal Peyton’s spot opposite brother Eli in those Double-Stuffed Oreo cookie commercials as well.

    You heard it here first…

  12. metaldeth says: Aug 1, 2011 2:51 PM

    They can trade for Tyler Polumbus, he’s no worse than Charlie Johnson

  13. justbust says: Aug 1, 2011 2:51 PM

    good signing, mckinney is no longer a reliable pass blocker, he belongs at either right tackle or guard at this point. Johnson will give Mcnabb some time to pass given Mckinney doesn’t let free rushers through.

  14. cured76 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    You mean with all that money Peyton “sacrificed” they couldn’t sign his blind side? Hahahahaha

  15. mrclearview says: Aug 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    The AFC South are now officially licking their chops…good luck peyton

  16. tombradyswig says: Aug 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    YES!!! Go get ‘em Don!!!

    I really want you to succeed this seas to make shannarat and son looks like the fools they are!!

    Eat it Pay-Me-a-Ton, maybe Polians silver spoon son can be your new LT!! lol

  17. firerogergoodell says: Aug 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    McKinnie isn’t going anywhere. Charlie Johnson is a natural guard. The Vikings brought him in to start at Guard. Which was an awesome move, by the way.

  18. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 1, 2011 2:54 PM

    Ouch. That’s gonna hurt.

  19. mediasloppy says: Aug 1, 2011 2:55 PM

    Lets hope this is as good as the Hutch deal.

  20. jpmelon says: Aug 1, 2011 2:55 PM

    I can’t imagine a guy wanting to take less money to go to the vikings….so I’m assuming that the colts wouldn’t match the offer.

    Foolish. It’s pretty late to start grooming a left tackle in the NFL.

  21. brilarjax says: Aug 1, 2011 2:56 PM

    Maybe the Jags don’t need to find a pass rusher now. LOL

  22. dbellina says: Aug 1, 2011 2:57 PM

    Thank God we have someone decent to help while Herrera is out with his torn ACL.

  23. sundayisthebestday says: Aug 1, 2011 2:57 PM

    Manning took less money, and because of that, the Colts were able to sign back their best DT and their best RB. Charlie Johnson’s got a lot of heart, but not a lot of talent at LT. His value is the fact that he can be plugged in at RT or a Guard position and do a serviceable job. The Colts drafted Castonzo in the first round, and he will be protecting Peyton’s blindside (and doing at least as good as Johnson ever did).

  24. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:57 PM

    McKinnie and Loadholt are big run blocking dummies. You should have seen them in that Dolphins game on a sack that got Favre killed. They could barely get their fat butts out of their stance and both DE’s ran around them to crush Favre. This is a good first step for the vikings, but they need a pass blocking rt as well.

  25. antalicus says: Aug 1, 2011 2:59 PM

    and I was looking forward to seeing McKinnie’s performance after his training with the Williams sisters…

  26. indywilson40 says: Aug 1, 2011 2:59 PM

    Dear ravensfan4life52, the roster that Polian has put together has whipped the Ravens A$$ 7 straight times. Sounds like maybe Ozzie Newsome is a little overrated. LOL.

  27. carlgerbschmidt says: Aug 1, 2011 3:00 PM

    Can he play Center?

  28. riverhorsey says: Aug 1, 2011 3:01 PM

    Good news for McNabb, bad news for Johnson he has to hold that block another 30 seconds.

  29. eagleswin says: Aug 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    jenniferxxx says:
    Aug 1, 2011 2:48 PM
    Manning didn’t take less money. He stuffed his pockets. And this is what happens. Deal with it.

    ————————

    Bingo. The people lauding Manning ignore that he’s making 23 mill/yr on a contract that will be renegotiated once he stops making 23 mill/yr. The savings is only on paper in the dummy years.

  30. indywilson40 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    Jenniferxxx, Manning could have gotten 25million a year on the open market. So, yes, he did take less money. It would great if he would play for free, but why shouldn’t the leagues only 4 time MVP make 18mil a year?

  31. eagleswin says: Aug 1, 2011 3:03 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Aug 1, 2011 2:47 PM
    Peyton takes a paycut so the Colts can cut their best DB, lose their starting left tackle and resign a below average RB. nicely done Bill Polian. I can see why many people in Indianapolis argue that you’re the best GM in the NFL. (sarcasm)

    —————————————-

    Peyton didn’t take a dime less. If you believe the press clippings then you haven’t been following Manning’s contract very closely.

  32. tylerdurden0 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:06 PM

    I don’t understand how being the highest paid player in the NFL by a wide margin constitutes “less money”.

    Less money than whom? Bill Gates?

    Peyton only has himself to blame.

  33. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 1, 2011 3:06 PM

    i love how Mannin always says that he’s gonna take a pay cut so they can sign more talent.

    then he goes and signs a 5 year $90 mil garaunteed contract..
    hmmmmmmmmmmm one man getting $18 million,, that sure leaves a lot of room for improvement on the roster.
    well at least they dont need to worry about the STARTING LT taking up cap space!!

    manning will get destroyed,, and its all his wallets fault. btw,, hows that neck feeling buddy.. nice work.!

  34. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 1, 2011 3:07 PM

    Off topic, but does anyone know if the blonde Fitness Singles girl is a photoshop? Not that care or anything.

    /slowly moves away from computer

  35. ravensfan4life52 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:09 PM

    @eagleswin

    i haven’t been following the manning’s contract closely because i didn’t really care. i knew he was gonna resign with the colts no matter what.

    @indywilson40

    i guarantee you that if ozzie had Peyton Manning as his quarterback he would’ve put a good enough team around Peyton to win a hell of a lot more than one super bowl.

  36. fwippel says: Aug 1, 2011 3:15 PM

    He should supplant McKinnie, like right now. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if the Vikings traded McKinnie today and put Johnson in the starting spot.

    Considering McKinnie’s salary, he’s not worth keeping. Trade him for an upgrade on the OL (or the DL or safety); I’m sure Washington would take him, or better yet, Oakland.

  37. plifer says: Aug 1, 2011 3:15 PM

    You are going to trust Castonzo, a rookie with basically no training camp to protect Manning’s blind side? Even if Johnson is slow footed and not that great, he has NFL experience, and I’m betting he is at least better than Castonzo for the first half of the season anyway.

    I don’t think Manning will make it to that $90M payday. I thin he gets pancaked sometime this year

  38. momentumtech says: Aug 1, 2011 3:16 PM

    Peyton isnt making less money, he just allowed them to re-structure his contract so that less money is applied to the salary cap. Basically a shell game which allows Peyton to keep his money and the Colts to stay under the cap.

  39. pkrlvr says: Aug 1, 2011 3:20 PM

    Jpmelon, have you ever been to Indiana?

    Smart move with this signing. I don’t know how the idiots that ran the team last year didn’t do something about the o-line then. Especially when you’ve got a 41 year old $13m qb back there……better late than never I guess.

  40. gacoltfan says: Aug 1, 2011 3:21 PM

    LT has been a weakness for the Colts since Tarik Glenn retired. CJ is an average guard at best that played left tackle because they had no other viable options.

    If you really think losing CJ closes the Colts window, you obviously haven’t watched them much over the past couple of years. OL and LT in particular has been one of their biggest weaknesses (both pass and run blocking).

    Not sure what all the Peyton bashing about his contract is about. Bottom line is he took less money than the owner offered him. How many players would do that?

  41. badphish24 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:21 PM

    Bill Russell used to “get his rebounds before a player ever took a shot”. P-money gets himself out of a sack before the ball is ever snapped. We got what Polian considered the best tackle in the draft for our system. Thats good enough for me. Why keep a player that will be over paid and under utilized. We are still the team to beat in the division. Year in and Year out other teams in the south scramble to put together a team better then us. Year in and year out they fail. Ive been hearing that our window is closing since before we wont the superbowl. Colts will be playing in January. Will your team?

  42. grinderwi says: Aug 1, 2011 3:22 PM

    After watching the Viking O line struggle (suck) last year one word comes to mind…..BOING!

  43. badphish24 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:24 PM

    Ravensfan…win your division first then talk trash. Colts own the ravens. You know it. Your bitter. Colts > Ravens. While your QB looks at his wrist to figure out what play to call, Manning Has already told the offensive line were the blitz is coming from were the hot read is and hurried the offense to the line of scrimage.

  44. shea801 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:27 PM

    Why is Manning the bad guy here? He’s one of the very few people in the league who deserve his contract. He’s certainly earned it. Blame Polian, not Manning. After all, Brady signed a huge deal, but the Pats managed to keep his blind side covered. It’s the GM’S job to avoid these things, and the Colts couldn’t do that. They get a F+ in my book.

  45. sundayisthebestday says: Aug 1, 2011 3:28 PM

    “Peyton takes a paycut so the Colts can cut their best DB, lose their starting left tackle and resign a below average RB.”

    They didn’t cut their best DB; Powers is still on the roster. Even Tryon outperformed Hayden last year. Also, Addai is a decent running back who has done admirably considering the line he’s been running behind…which should improve now that Johnson is gone.

  46. contra74 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:32 PM

    Excellent signing by the Vikings! They are clearly doing their best to address all the issues which the team experienced last year. Now lets get one more O-lineman (center!) in there to give our QBs and RBs some help.

  47. oldbyrd says: Aug 1, 2011 3:33 PM

    Unless he is replaced, this can really hurt Manning. I mean really hurt Manning.

  48. gottawoodley says: Aug 1, 2011 3:33 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Aug 1, 2011 3:09 PM
    @eagleswin

    i haven’t been following the manning’s contract closely because i didn’t really care. i knew he was gonna resign with the colts no matter what.

    @indywilson40

    i guarantee you that if ozzie had Peyton Manning as his quarterback he would’ve put a good enough team around Peyton to win a hell of a lot more than one super bowl.

    ———————————————-

    …and then later this week you will be posting about how great of a quarterback Flacco is…

  49. momentumtech says: Aug 1, 2011 3:33 PM

    Keeping Diem and letting Johnson go doesnt make a whole lot of sense. Diem was terrible last year. Castonzo should be good in time but do they really want to roll the dice with a rookie on the blindside? The last thing I heard was the team had “dim hopes” for Castonzo starting this year after the long lockout.

    How is that neck feeling now Peyton?

  50. buhbay1c says: Aug 1, 2011 3:34 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:

    Can he play Center?

    I knew it, Carl really is obsessed with the Vikings. Knowing the depth chart for the center position on a team you supposedly hate is proof positive. What a creeper troll. BTW iCarly, Sullivan was hurt last year after starting 2009 as a rookie for a team within a game of the Super Bowl. Keep up the expert analysis though.

  51. badphish24 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:35 PM

    Well shea before you jump to conclusions Charlie Johnson isnt that “great” of a tackle. Servicable would be a better description. Hes really a guard. Polian spent his first overall pick on LT. When he drafted him if you happened to have read the article he said the rookie would be the week 1 starter. Again i ask why over pay a player that might not be utilized? What your seeing right now is a rash of over paying in the nfl. The big names are gone but there are still holes to fill. Like an auction people want to make sure they fill there holes.

  52. gacoltfan says: Aug 1, 2011 3:35 PM

    It’s not like Polian never attempted to get a left tackle. Glenn suddenly retired, they drafted Ugogh in the 2nd round. He didn’t pan out. Biggest mistake was not drafting Saffold last year. Polian wasn’t the only GM that thought a left tackle Indiana (not exactly a top flight college passing game) was worth a 1st round pick.

  53. Tom Melton says: Aug 1, 2011 3:36 PM

    They drafted a tackle in the 1st round, a very good one, in Anthony Castanzo. Charles Johnson is overrated and gave up 6 sacks last year, not exactly a quality stat line for a LT (especially considering how good Manning is at avoiding sacks). Sounds like the Colts letting him go and expecting Castanzo to step in and start.

  54. cesquire says: Aug 1, 2011 3:37 PM

    Charlie Johnson will be replacing Anthony Herrera at right guard, not Bryant McKinnie. That will probably mean Ryan Cook (or possibly Herrera) will be cut or traded.

    Johnson could be better than McKinnie, but at 6’8″ 335 lbs Mckinnie is a better physical fit for tackle (too tall for guard) and at 6’4″ 305 lbs Johnson is a better physical fit for guard (too small for tackle.) Ryan Cook is the Vikings’ hybrid linemen who can play any position and was pushing Herrera for the starting position. And since Johnson has also played every position (except Center, where Cook played in college) they don’t really need Cook anymore unless Sullivan gets hurt.

  55. rabidbillsfan says: Aug 1, 2011 3:38 PM

    Just a random thought bubble here, but for Costanzo to protect Mannings blind side for “years to come”, doesn’t he have to be, you know, under contract? I mean if Polian instituted in PM new deal, and eagleswin help me out with this, that Costanzo play for free, then Polian is a genious! Again, just food for thought.

  56. packhawk04 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:41 PM

    Is this the guy that “protected” mannings blindside while mannning was taking the worst beating of the career???

  57. toonsterwu says: Aug 1, 2011 3:46 PM

    I’m not sure this is that big a deal, in all honesty.

    Whenever Costanzo signs, he’s going to be given every chance to be the LT. Diem is set on the right side. Sure, they lose a guy who could’ve provided valuable depth, but they probably didn’t want to pay that much to a depth guy. Sure, they could kick him inside, but they drafted Ijalana to give him a chance to play sooner than later as well.

    I feel like this is a situation where, it would’ve been nice for them to keep him, but shelling out a lot to keep him wouldn’t have made a lot of sense for the organization.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they went out on the market to try and find a cheap swing tackle for more depth. Who’s the top OT backup? Toudouze?

  58. jnbnet says: Aug 1, 2011 3:50 PM

    Peyton Manning is still the best player in the NFL. But he might only retire with one ring. Maybe he should have taken less in order to sign better players around him. He isn’t close to the end though. Manning has at least two and maybe three top years left IMHO.

    ====================================
    Peyton Manning is still the best player in Indy. But he will retire with one ring. Maybe he should have taken less in order to sign better players around him. He’s close to the end though. Manning has at most two and maybe three years left.

  59. momentumtech says: Aug 1, 2011 3:52 PM

    I guess they better get rookie Castonzo signed. They need him in there as soon as possible especially now with this.

  60. ravensfan4life52 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:54 PM

    @badphish24

    easy to say when you’ve been in a division full of crappy teams for years. now you guys actually have some competition in your division. i bet you finish 3rd in your division this year if not 4th. and we’ve lost our division to the Steelers who have won 2 super bowls and been to a third in 6 years. i’m not ashamed of that. with all the talent on your team you guys should have a few rings and yet you only have one. it’s hard to say you have the best qb in the nfl when he chokes every year in the playoffs. and how much older is peyton than flacco? i would hope Peyton wouldn’t have to look at his wrist at this point. Flacco will get there.

  61. schmitty2 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:58 PM

    buhbay1c says:
    Aug 1, 2011 3:34 PM
    carlgerbschmidt says:

    Can he play Center?

    I knew it, Carl really is obsessed with the Vikings. Knowing the depth chart for the center position on a team you supposedly hate is proof positive. What a creeper troll. BTW iCarly, Sullivan was hurt last year after starting 2009 as a rookie for a team within a game of the Super Bowl. Keep up the expert analysis though.

    Oh it’s well known he’s obsessed with the Vikes. Pretty sad when you comment on posts for other teams way more then you do your own

  62. favreblows says: Aug 1, 2011 3:59 PM

    So what??!! Isn’t this the same O-line that has had Manning running for his life the past number of years? Big deal. Although the village idiot, Paul Hargis, probably thinks this makes the Queens division favorites.

  63. cidman2001 says: Aug 1, 2011 4:04 PM

    “YES!!!! Excellent move from a Vikings front office that is being heavily hated on for “letting” Sydney walk, and replacing him with… Michael Jenkins? This is just the start, sign Olin Kreutz and make a run at Floyd or Edwards, then were (maybe) talking a winning season…”

    That’s funny, I’ve been hoping for the Vikes to sign Kreutz and either Floyd or Edwards. Kreutz would be a coup in the blackand blue division and Floyd or Edwards would give us a real vertical threat. Please get rid of Berrian……

  64. jebdamone says: Aug 1, 2011 4:04 PM

    oh, this is the post that i have been waiting for! i can’t see johnson taking over for mckinnie, but if he can fit in at the RG position or maybe move to RT and slide loadholt to the RG then i will be very happy. been waiting for the vikes to solidify their line, very good pickup. now im starting to get excited!

    BRING BACK MOSS!!!

  65. cesquire says: Aug 1, 2011 4:19 PM

    @jebdamone, Loadholt is too tall to be a guard. If you cloned McKinnie you would get Loadholt. He wouldn’t get the proper leverage to get under the shoulder pads for a good block.

  66. pappavike says: Aug 1, 2011 4:25 PM

    Every team has positions they would like to improve. The colts think the have a solid replacement it maybe be best for both teams! It’s a great move for the Vikes if they can plug Big Pat’s Hole! in the line

  67. fballguy says: Aug 1, 2011 4:34 PM

    Houston Texans 2011 AFC South Champions.

  68. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 1, 2011 4:36 PM

    Am I following this correctly?

    The Vikings are old at key spots and lack depth. They need to rebuild. They watch the Steelers and the Packers philosophy of stockpiling draft picks and building from within, and see the results.

    And their off-season plan? Dump a pile of money on a bunch of castoffs 12 days before the first preseason game.

  69. indywilson40 says: Aug 1, 2011 4:40 PM

    Ravensfan4life52, So you’re saying Peyton Manning is great, and that Ozzie could afford to pay Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Hloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs etc. if Manning was the Ravens quarterback? The reason Ozzie’s always had an “elite” roster is because he has never had to pay a franchise QB, and if you think he’s paying Flacco franchise money, then he is getting fleeced. Bottom line, Indy has whipped your ass 7 straight times and there is nothing Ozzie can do about it.

  70. bleedblue18 says: Aug 1, 2011 4:45 PM

    I have been watching Charlie Johnson get beat for 3 yrs. Average pass blocker and AWFUL run blocker. I never new why he started, I guess its because they had nothing better.
    Which is why in this years draft Colts took a left tackle in the first round and a guard in the second round.

    Good luck Charlie, but I’m glad to see you GO!

  71. carlgerbschmidt says: Aug 1, 2011 4:48 PM

    buhbay1c says:
    Aug 1, 2011 3:34 PM
    carlgerbschmidt says:

    Can he play Center?

    I knew it, Carl really is obsessed with the Vikings. Knowing the depth chart for the center position on a team you supposedly hate is proof positive. What a creeper troll. BTW iCarly, Sullivan was hurt last year after starting 2009 as a rookie for a team within a game of the Super Bowl. Keep up the expert analysis though.

    _____________

    Yeah, ah, one doesn’t have to be a football genius to see that the vikes offensive line was terrible last year. Especially, at the Center position. Oh, did you have some injuries? Boo hoo. So, did we. How did that turn out you ask? Oh that’s right, we won the Super Bowl.

    And “iCarly”? Isn’t that like some preteen disney channel show? And, you’re calling me a “Creeper?” Ish.

  72. brewdogg says: Aug 1, 2011 4:59 PM

    Wow. Can’t think of another way to say it. I did not see this coming. This one move actually opens things up considerably…..

    I think this spells the end of Herrera. Having two players with starting experience and 4-position versatility makes him more than expendable. Johnson will probably slide into RG if no other moves are made, but I look for Hutch to possibly be traded now, hopefully for a S, but picks would be fine. Between Cook and Johnson, they have the flexibility to allow Degeare, Fusco, and Love to focus on just one position (I still see Love as the RG, probably this year).

    Good move.

  73. kryyyy says: Aug 1, 2011 5:04 PM

    The guy who allowed 6 sacks last year? That’s a feat in itself since Mannings damn hard to sack. Not a big loss.

  74. contra74 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:12 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Aug 1, 2011 4:36 PM
    Am I following this correctly?

    The Vikings are old at key spots and lack depth. They need to rebuild. They watch the Steelers and the Packers philosophy of stockpiling draft picks and building from within, and see the results.

    And their off-season plan? Dump a pile of money on a bunch of castoffs 12 days before the first preseason game.
    ——————
    Castoffs huh – let me guess, you were calling James Jones a castoff scrap before he re-signed with the Packers but now he is your prized WR project right? Packer fans are hypocrites!

  75. dogsweat1 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:15 PM

    Vikings 4-12 in 2011….

  76. stanklepoot says: Aug 1, 2011 5:17 PM

    indywilson40 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    Jenniferxxx, Manning could have gotten 25million a year on the open market. So, yes, he did take less money. It would great if he would play for free, but why shouldn’t the leagues only 4 time MVP make 18mil a year?
    ________________________________
    You’re forgetting all the money Peyton makes from ads. I can’t help feeling that he’s “taking one for the team” by taking $23 million in the first 3 years (He’ll be 38 by then) to protect that ad money. After he turned down the initial offer, Saint Peyton was finally starting to take hits both in the media and on the message board for not being a team players like Brady has been throughout his career. Had that continued, it could have eaten into some of that add money (which is a lot more than the extra $2 million you figure a 35 y.o. QB coming off his 2nd neck surgery, and who seems to be having issues with his recovery, would get). Maybe I’m a bit cynical, but I figure that decision is a lot like the one he made putting his name to the lawsuit and then running for cover and acting like he didn’t know what a lawsuit was.

    As for the idea of Costanzo replacing Johnson without any loss in performance, I might agree were it not for one important fact. Costanzo was already being drafted to fill another hole on the O-line. The loss of Johnson creates a new hole, and at best Costanzo can only fill one of them. Colts need to move quickly to shore up that O-line, and it’s not like there are a lot of marquee O-linemen floating around w/out jobs right now.

  77. valhallarising says: Aug 1, 2011 5:37 PM

    Nice addition to one of weak spots on the team. I would really like to see something done about center but Sullivan isn’t the worst in the league. Now can we please get SOMETHING in our secondary?

  78. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 1, 2011 5:41 PM

    “Castoffs huh – let me guess, you were calling James Jones a castoff scrap before he re-signed with the Packers but now he is your prized WR project right? Packer fans are hypocrites!”
    ———————-

    Wrong as usual. No one was saying he was junk. The reason Packer fans were iffy on the Jones signing is this….

    Driver
    Jennings
    Nelson
    Cobb
    Finley (who lines up wide in multiple sets)

    That is the best 5 wideout combo in the league. So with or without Jones, the Packers are just fine. I’m glad he’s back, but I didn’t care either way.

    But as a Viking fan, you already know about youth, depth and competition at key spots, right?

  79. bigbeefyd says: Aug 1, 2011 5:41 PM

    For those who continue to insist that Manning “took less money”, look at the structure of the deal. Most of the $$$ is in the first 3 years…he is making serious bank, and it is now obvious that it’s to the team’s detriment. Not that I would expect anything different from Prince Peyton.

  80. thephantomstranger says: Aug 1, 2011 5:49 PM

    Look for Johnson to start at RG because Herrera is going to start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

    Coincidentally, Gerbschmidt’s wife put him on the same list.

  81. momsasaynt says: Aug 1, 2011 5:58 PM

    “Of course, Johnson likely won’t supplant Bryant McKinnie as Minnesota’s left tackle” Are you kidding I could supplant McKinnie, he’s worthless talk about “quitting” McKinnie is too interested in his MUSIC not football.

  82. richm2256 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:58 PM

    For the record, Peyton Manning only TALKED about taking less money…. what he actually DID was take MORE money.

    If you’re going to talk the talk, Pay-me-a-ton, you’ve gotta walk the walk.

  83. contra74 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:20 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Aug 1, 2011 5:41 PM
    “Castoffs huh – let me guess, you were calling James Jones a castoff scrap before he re-signed with the Packers but now he is your prized WR project right? Packer fans are hypocrites!”
    ———————-

    Wrong as usual. No one was saying he was junk. The reason Packer fans were iffy on the Jones signing is this….
    ———–
    No, right as usual. You guys showed your true colors when the Vikings simply talked to him. The kid hadnt even signed with the Vikings and he was already under the bus. So sad.

  84. contra74 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:23 PM

    dogsweat1 says:
    Aug 1, 2011 5:15 PM
    Vikings 4-12 in 2011….
    ——
    What did ….. mean? Are you trying to add a dramatic fade out to your lame prediction? No way would you put money down on that “prediction”.

  85. Topher says: Aug 1, 2011 7:45 PM

    Seriously I can’t get over the fact that the Vikings paid Johnson 72m!

    Session gets 30 from jags, Johnson gets 72 from Vikings. Every time free agency comes around I think the Colts are big losers and then I look closer and think ” oh, that was not dumb.”

  86. carlgerbschmidt says: Aug 1, 2011 9:12 PM

    thephantomstranger says:Aug 1, 2011 5:49 PM

    Look for Johnson to start at RG because Herrera is going to start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

    Coincidentally, Gerbschmidt’s wife put him on the same list.
    _________

    that’s nice. You vikes fan are all class. Talk about trolls, all I did was point out that your center, suully was terrible. i guess it takes those calf contusions 12 months to heal.

    @contra74, yeah that’s right, 4-12 is lame prediction. Where are you getting that 4th win from?

  87. brewdogg says: Aug 1, 2011 9:56 PM

    Topher says:
    Aug 1, 2011 7:45 PM
    Seriously I can’t get over the fact that the Vikings paid Johnson 72m!
    ———————————-

    Where did you get that? I have been looking for terms of the deal, and can’t find them. Post the link if you have found somewhere that they gave him $72 million.

  88. Topher says: Aug 1, 2011 10:12 PM

    They are on the osi umenyiora post. Osi complained that Johnson made more than he and tuck combined

  89. brewdogg says: Aug 1, 2011 11:46 PM

    Dude…. That was Panthers DE Charles Johnson. What would the contract of an OT have to do with the contracts of a couple DEs on another team?

  90. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 12:33 AM

    Topher says:
    Aug 1, 2011 10:12 PM
    They are on the osi umenyiora post. Osi complained that Johnson made more than he and tuck combined
    ___________

    Is this a joke or are you an idiot? I’m going to go with you’re an idiot. That was DE Charles Johnson of the Panthers who got $72 million. We’re talking about Charlie Johnson, OT from the Colts. Same name, different person. You must have given yourself the thumbs up on your comment.

  91. Topher says: Aug 2, 2011 9:24 PM

    Brewdogg, thanks for the correction. The moment you said that I face palmed.

    Stranger, do you feel better now? Need Daddy to tell you he loves you?

  92. brewdogg says: Aug 3, 2011 12:38 AM

    Hey, I’m just happy you weren’t right about that, topher…. I would have had to organize a mass egging of the Vikings front office if they had shelled out that much for Charlie.

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