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Vikings add Tom Johnson to defensive line mix

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The door to Kevin Williams‘ return to Minnesota may now be officially closed.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Vikings have signed free agent defensive tackle Tom Johnson to go with Linval Joseph, Sharrif Floyd and Fred Evans at the position. While Williams’ return was always unlikely, it’s almost impossible to see it as a possibility when the team already has four defensive tackles pencilled into the depth chart.

Johnson has five sacks in 40 games for the Saints over the last three seasons, but wasn’t tendered a contract as a restricted free agent as he was an imperfect fit for the defense run by Rob Ryan in New Orleans. The Saints ran a 4-3 before Ryan arrived and the Vikings will be running a 4-3 under new coach Mike Zimmer, which should eliminate scheme concerns.

Pelissero reports that Johnson will make $845,000 in 2014 with playing time and performance incentives that can boost the total by $600,000 if Johnson hits them all.

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19 Responses to “Vikings add Tom Johnson to defensive line mix”
  1. purplehaze28 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:02 AM

    Zimmer is a genius!

  2. nflpoker says: Mar 20, 2014 9:38 AM

    Only for depth.

  3. coachkilla6 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:42 AM

    Just another turnstile for Eddie Lacy to run through. Remember last season when the rookie Lacy had more total yards than AP in the two GB-MIN games? Yeah, that’s some funny (but true) stuff. Lacy>AP

  4. thebigscore1 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:46 AM

    lacy is a rookie when he sets a record let me know till then see my hand read between the lines. all day

  5. shaggytoodle says: Mar 20, 2014 10:31 AM

    Vikings pick up a guy that can fit inot their system, that’s a good start for those guys.

    Now they just need to start doing that on offense, when they sign FAs and draft.

  6. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 20, 2014 11:52 AM

    I’d prefer Kevin Williams, but this guy is a lot cheaper.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 20, 2014 11:53 AM

    Apparently total yards in two games is a better indicator of talent than total yards in 16 games.

  8. ktm300xcwe says: Mar 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    LOL! Eddie Lacy? What a joke.

  9. nwfisch says: Mar 20, 2014 2:12 PM

    The Vikings ship just keeps in sinking.

  10. twisteditoff says: Mar 20, 2014 2:27 PM

    lacy has not got his jersey in the nfl hof till then he will be thought as lower than the great AP keep trying gb but we know your bad

  11. whatjusthapped says: Mar 20, 2014 2:29 PM

    Too bad for Kevin Williams, it sounds like its the end of the road for a classy Viking. Classy Viking is an oxymoron similar to Intelligent Viking fan but Kevin was the exception.

  12. toddc612 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:48 PM

    Oh, gawd. Queue the Packer trolls coming out to brag that Eddie Lacy is the new Jesus of the NFL..

    Give me a break, already. I think you’d be hard pressed to come up with one team that would prefer Lacy over AP — except the Packers, of course.

    Psssssst! Note to packer fans: Lacy isn’t that good.

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    Serviceable player when he was with the Saints. Not a game changer by any means. He’s still hanging on though!

  14. sadviking says: Mar 20, 2014 3:44 PM

    Lacey > Peterson? Really?! It took 9 Packers to stop Peterson, and 2 to stop Ponder. It took 10 defenders to stop Rodgers, and 1 to stop Lacy.

    Do the math…

  15. joejones3175 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:12 PM

    …not to mention Peterson came within a few yards of the all time single season rushing record directly after returning from ACL surgery. anyone who says Lacey>Peterson is trollin…

  16. 6kings says: Mar 20, 2014 9:01 PM

    Nice signing.

    Lacy will be done in 3 yrs.

  17. jazz11001 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:01 PM

    We need to be extremely careful of losing too much Veteran leadership. Allen and Williams WERE the identity of the defense. Now who? Greenway? not! Smith? not Robison? nope. Great Defenses have always had an attitude and I just don’t see anyone on that side of the ball that is vocal enough to get them going.

  18. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 20, 2014 11:11 PM

    Johnson is not young and hes not incredibly athletic. But hes only shown an incredible motor while with the Saints. I thought he was most helpful when he stayed in for a whole drive.

  19. sadviking says: Mar 21, 2014 9:24 AM

    jazz11001 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:01 PM

    We need to be extremely careful of losing too much Veteran leadership. Allen and Williams WERE the identity of the defense. Now who? Greenway? not! Smith? not Robison? nope. Great Defenses have always had an attitude and I just don’t see anyone on that side of the ball that is vocal enough to get them going.

    How about Zimmer?

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