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Charlie Johnson stays with Vikings

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The Vikings have signed a few new players on defense.  On offense, they’ve been focused on keeping some of their own.

In addition to quarterback Matt Cassel, receiver Jerome Simpson, and offensive lineman Joe Berger, the Vikings have re-signed guard Charlie Johnson.

According to Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com, Johnson agreed to a two-year deal.

Johnson arrived in August 2011 as the unexpected replacement for long-time left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who showed up with a post-lockout physique that registered four spins on the bathroom scale.  After a season at tackle, Johnson slid inside to guard, following the selection of Matt Kalil with the fourth pick in the draft.

In three years, Johnson has started all but one game for the Vikings.

He entered the league in 2006 as a member of the Colts.  He eventually became the left tackle in Indy after the retirement of Tarik Glenn and poor performances from Tony Ugoh.

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43 Responses to “Charlie Johnson stays with Vikings”
  1. purpleguy says: Mar 15, 2014 5:09 PM

    I suppose this is okay. I guess. Maybe . . . . .

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 15, 2014 5:09 PM

    A good cheap backup contract.

    Smart cheap signing made by the Vikes.

    Unlike the Packers who payed a washed up 35 year old $30 million.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Mar 15, 2014 5:15 PM

    Of he does he wants to win.he knows mike zimmer will go down as a HOF coach one day.he also knows we will own the div this year.SKOL

  4. vikefan says: Mar 15, 2014 5:16 PM

    cheap yes….consistent no……

  5. bkunza says: Mar 15, 2014 5:16 PM

    Vikings sitting on their hands while most teams are upgrading. WE NEED LINEBACKERS that can cover receivers.

  6. f1restarter says: Mar 15, 2014 5:16 PM

    Unlike Julius Peppers, Charlie Johnson has no desire whatsoever to win a Super Bowl championship.

    You want to win, you sign with the Packers. If not, you sign with the Vikings.

  7. idolized1 says: Mar 15, 2014 5:16 PM

    As long as it’s for a backup spot I won’t complain about it.

    If he’s back as a starter it’s is a different story.

  8. vikesorgtfo says: Mar 15, 2014 5:16 PM

    At 2 years, $5 million its a good signing for an average/serviceable starter who (knocks on wood) has been reliable so far with being injury-free.

  9. FlashPatterson says: Mar 15, 2014 5:17 PM

    Besides Cassell, I wanted all of those guys gone.

  10. coachkilla6 says: Mar 15, 2014 5:18 PM

    #SKOL

    Still
    Keepers of
    0
    Lombardi’s

  11. seatownballers says: Mar 15, 2014 5:23 PM

    here comes the dynasty- Lol
    Hof coach with ponder and cassel-Lol
    Zero notable free agent moves- Lol
    Zero championships since the Vietnam war- Lol

    Google it

  12. The Red Rifle says: Mar 15, 2014 5:27 PM

    The Dalton Dynasty is one the rise.

    All will fall in his wake.

    There can only be one legend.

  13. blizzard01 says: Mar 15, 2014 5:29 PM

    They have a plan- narrowing their focus for the draft.
    They don’t HAVE to draft a guard now.
    They don’t HAVE to draft a wr.
    They don’t HAVE to draft a dt or de.
    They don’t HAVE to draft a cb.

    They HAVE to draft a qb and linebackers.

    I like the new coach and focus he’s brought to the front office. I raise my glass to Zimmer.

  14. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 15, 2014 5:31 PM

    Coolest eyes in the NFL.

  15. holdsteady76 says: Mar 15, 2014 5:32 PM

    Johnson has proven ineffective so this move is puzzling. Plugging a hole with a plug that has a hole is technically plugging a hole, but there is still a hole and this “solution” just detracts from our cap space. Really a bad guard market – ouch.

    Still w/ Joseph, Griffen, & Munnerlyn signing this off season has been successful. Let’s close it up w/ DRC or Melton.

    Draft LB, QB, CB, G, LB

  16. vikinganswer says: Mar 15, 2014 5:46 PM

    I thought they were watching film?????? He is the worst in the league. If he isn’t, I wont believe it.

  17. GenXJay says: Mar 15, 2014 5:48 PM

    whoever said that peppers wouldn’t fit in that old gb defense is mistaken.

  18. vikinganswer says: Mar 15, 2014 5:49 PM

    bkunza says:
    Mar 15, 2014 5:16 PM

    Vikings sitting on their hands while most teams are upgrading. WE NEED LINEBACKERS that can cover receivers.

    IF THERE EVER WAS SUCH A THING, THAT LB WOULD BE THE FIRST. ASSUMING YOU WERE REFERRING TO TIGHT ENDS.

  19. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 15, 2014 5:49 PM

    4allintensivepurposes says:
    Mar 15, 2014 5:31 PM
    Coolest eyes in the NFL.
    __________________________________

    Random and Weird!

  20. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 15, 2014 5:56 PM

    Vladimir Putin has more Super Bowl rings than the Vikings.

  21. jmsieli says: Mar 15, 2014 6:00 PM

    If you don’t keep them, they will go on and sign with the other Vikings west coast team that has been sign most of our free agents (Seattle) , guess that’s a bad move, OH! wait they just won a Super Bowl, I’m sure Packer Nation will take all the cred, they’ve got a former Cheese head signing and trading for the cast offs.

  22. teamnorsecore says: Mar 15, 2014 6:08 PM

    PAcker fans NEVER post negative comments on Viking threads……just go over to the Peppers signing story and read….they will tell you there.

  23. 33vikes says: Mar 15, 2014 6:12 PM

    Solid performer. Glad he’s back.

  24. Norseman says: Mar 15, 2014 6:20 PM

    I’ve liked all the players Spielman has signed, or re-signed this FA… except this one.

    I’m guessing they felt they need a vet in the mix at guard, but I don’t think Charlie Johnson is the guy.

  25. jeter325 says: Mar 15, 2014 6:25 PM

    Does this somehow clear up the 1.2 million in dead money that they were carrying for him?

  26. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    Peppers will double his two sack total last year against the Queens.

  27. sincejumpstreet says: Mar 15, 2014 6:29 PM

    Charlie Johnson is a solid, guy, in the room and on the field. Is he going to a Pro Bowl? Likely not. But you build a team with solid guys and a handful of difference-makers. That said, will we draft a guard in May. Of course.

  28. nashbrad says: Mar 15, 2014 6:32 PM

    Vikings nee to sign James Starks to back up AP and use on third down for screens out of the backfield. Should go after one solid defensive back also. Pick #8 will be traded for more picks and then first two picks are going defense….a CB and MLB then our franchise QB….bank it.

  29. sterling7 says: Mar 15, 2014 6:34 PM

    As a Viking 4life since 1968-No, no, no-I wanted a big road grader, a guard who doesn’t get pushed back in the pocket on passing downs. This guy gets pushed into the backfield like an old lady, get some 340 pound guards with an attitude!

  30. zayzillionz says: Mar 15, 2014 6:43 PM

    CALLING ALL VIKINGS FANS!! If you have and instagram account please go and follow the @_SkolVikings_ instagram page its just been started but it will be fun filled fan page…. Have a couple edits up there but when more followers join the page and discussions will be more frequent and intense… Opinions, suggestions, and new deals made will all be welcomed and posted….

  31. vlb927 says: Mar 15, 2014 7:03 PM

    I am happy with all the moves the Vikings have made on the defensive side, but this signing is absolutely mystifying. The only way Charlie Johnson successfully pass blocked is if he fell down and the defensive player tripped over him accidently. Hopefully a decent OG will fall to the Vikings in the draft.

  32. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 15, 2014 7:17 PM

    I think the hope is that Jeff Baca (draft pick from last year) will beat out Johnson for the starting job, but they’re hedging their bets by bringing Johnson back. They aren’t going to start a rookie unless he’s a high draft pick and they aren’t spending a high draft pick on a guard.

  33. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 15, 2014 7:30 PM

    Charlie would not be a starter on other teams and the vikings could not sign anyone better.

    This is a move that keeps the vikings from getting worse on the O-line. It keeps Guard from becoming a priority in the upcoming draft.

    The vikings have enough holes to fill in the secondary, at linebacker, QB, plus depth needs at TE, RB, O-line, and they can only fill so many holes in one offseason. The bottom 20 roster spots can all be upgraded.

    After filling the holes they can work upgrading in the future. Give them credit for putting together a patchwork D-line so far this offseason
    and attempting to fill the holes there.

    In the last 4 years the vikings have won 24 games, averaging 6 wins per season. Getting to .500 will take time. Especially when attempting to replace current players with players that fit the new coaching staff schemes.

    Rebuilding takes time.

  34. revren10 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:27 PM

    New England gets revis and the Vikings get who, must be tough to be a fan of the Vikings

  35. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:34 PM

    This season will mark the fourth time in five years that the Vikings will finish in last place.

    Because they are hapless.

    And because they are tasteless.

  36. raiderapologist says: Mar 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    Just another slug the Oakland Raiders wouldn’t throw spare change to on a freeway exit ramp.

  37. cags777 says: Mar 15, 2014 11:59 PM

    Not sure what to think of this signing. I guess it provides stability. But does Speilman need reminding how inconsistent his play was last year? Gave up too many sacks and didn’t open enough holes for AP to run. Hope it was a cheap contract.

  38. campcouch says: Mar 16, 2014 7:02 AM

    he looks cold in that pic

  39. dwhcic says: Mar 16, 2014 11:52 AM

    This signing will prove to be yet another genius signing by thee Great Rick Spielman! Vikes will win the Super Bowl at their new palace in 2018. SKOL

  40. vikingspride says: Mar 16, 2014 2:45 PM

    Far to inconsistent to like but, I guess if that is the best Spielman thought we could get, you have to grin and bare it. Hopefully we kind find some better talent in the later rounds.

  41. zinjaboy says: Mar 16, 2014 3:05 PM

    Why would they resign a player that was part of statistically worst defense in the NFL? That swiss cheese unit was horrific. A lot of chatter about the Pack’s defense but it was far better than the Viking’s D. Took them to the playoffs. I’ll take one and done over a 16 game season any year. It’s kinda like three of a kind beating a pair. It’s just always going to be better.

  42. teamnorsecore says: Mar 16, 2014 7:58 PM

    zinjaboy says:
    Mar 16, 2014 3:05 PM
    Why would they resign a player that was part of statistically worst defense in the NFL? That swiss cheese unit was horrific. A lot of chatter about the Pack’s defense but it was far better than the Viking’s D. Took them to the playoffs. I’ll take one and done over a 16 game season any year. It’s kinda like three of a kind beating a pair. It’s just always going to be better.
    ………….
    Packer fans……they don’t even read the article or know what they are talking about before trolling hate.

  43. zinjaboy says: Mar 16, 2014 9:38 PM

    gosh that was easy. i knew i could get a bite … i just knew it. thank you, team!

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