Vikings release guard Charlie Johnson

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The Vikings had a guard named Charlie Johnson and a wide receiver who goes by Charles Johnson on their roster in 2014, but only one will remain on the roster in 2015.

The team announced Friday that they have released Charlie Johnson after four years with the team. Johnson was due to make a non-guaranteed $2.5 million in salary and bonuses next season.

Johnson started all 61 games he played for the team in that run, mostly at left guard although he did play left tackle during his first year with the team in 2011. His performance left room for improvement, but the Vikings couldn’t find a player to bump him out of the starting lineup. Now they’ll be forced to find someone else to hold down the position.

2014 fifth-round pick David Yankey is on the roster as a possibility, although the Vikings will likely look for help across the line this offseason after allowing 51 sacks last year.

32 responses to “Vikings release guard Charlie Johnson

  1. Good luck to Charlie Johnson! He was brought in as a tourniquet for when Bryant McKinnie decided the only excersizing he would do is curling quarter pounder after quarter pounder into his face and we needed a left-tackle for rookie QB Christian Ponder.

    Sufficed to say, things did not turn out as anticipated, however Charlie Johnson did his thing for 4 years, and he will get another job.

    The stars are aligning for Brandon Scherff.

  2. Serviceable backup, but definitely not starting material. At least now the Vikings will stop using him as a stop-gap starter, and will have to directly address replacing him.

  3. Maybe not the most talented but he plays hard. He’s been in the league a long time so he must be doing something right. Good luck to Mr. Johnson in the future.

  4. I always had this theory that anyone who is a decent O-Tackle should for sure be a real solid O-Guard. This guy disproved that theory single handedly.

    Vikes looking like a potential Super Bowl Contender next year.

  5. Step 1 of releasing some salary to pay AP his full contract and sign more players. Step 2 will be releasing Chad Greenway and his $7.5 mil in cap money. That will have the Vikings at $28 mil in salary cap space, INCLUDING AP’s full salary.

  6. He came to us from the Bills. Not a move I was ever excited about. Not that I understood why anyone in the media thought the Vikings O-line was any good other than Sullivan any of these past 3 years.

  7. You need a good backup who can play multiple spots. This makes Joe Berger’s stock higher I guess. I didn’t like him as a starter but thought he was good emergency depth.

  8. Good move all around. Charlie may have to wait awhile before he gets picked up, but I bet he plays a few more games before he ‘hangs ’em up’. For whatever reason, he just didn’t seem to play that well for the Vikes. Maybe it’s because Kalil wants to look more like a SoCal surfer dude than an NFL LT.

  9. summitmech says:

    He came to us from the Bills. Not a move I was ever excited about. Not that I understood why anyone in the media thought the Vikings O-line was any good other than Sullivan any of these past 3 years.

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    He came from the Colts where he played LT his last year and looked serviceable because Peyton made up for his shortcomings like just about everyone else he plays with.

  10. Bad news when a bottom feeder like the Vikes drops you. He probably doesn’t much of a future in the NFL at this point.

  11. Shocking!……………..You know every time this guy went into pass protection he was easily shoved straight back to the quarterback, he looked like a beach ball being kicked back into the pocket, how did he last anywhere near this long? He wasn’t a bad guy that I know of so I sincerely wish him well.

  12. Johnson has made a career of playing for teams that for whatever reason didn’t have anyone who was quite as good as him so he would be a starter by default. I’d like to see the Vikings sign Clint Boling as his replacement. Perhaps playing next to a better guard will help Kalil get back on track.

  13. I get a kick out of the Viking fans telling us that this guy sucked.

    Oh really?, he started 61 games for the Vikings and its only after he gets cut that the Viking fans decides he sucks.

    Look, the truth be told, he always sucked, it just took 61 games before the Viking fans finally figured it out.

  14. Sorry Charlie.

    You were the best O-lineman for the vikes and underpaid. You will do better now.

    Can’t believe they cut you and not Loadholt or Khalil.

  15. I get a kick out of the Viking fans telling us that this guy sucked.

    Oh really?, he started 61 games for the Vikings and its only after he gets cut that the Viking fans decides he sucks.

    Look, the truth be told, he always sucked, it just took 61 games before the Viking fans finally figured it out…………………………..

    Kinda like Brad Jones and AJ Hawk

  16. whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 27, 2015 4:36 PM

    I get a kick out of the Viking fans telling us that this guy sucked.

    Oh really?, he started 61 games for the Vikings and its only after he gets cut that the Viking fans decides he sucks.

    Look, the truth be told, he always sucked, it just took 61 games before the Viking fans finally figured it out.
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    I can say without fear of contradiction that you could not find a single comment from a Viking fan praising the football ability of Charlie Johnson. Remember, he’s the guard, not the wide receiver.

  17. cribbage12 says:
    Feb 27, 2015 3:09 PM

    The Packers should sign this guy, then cut him the next day, just so the Vikings will then resign him to a multi-year deal….
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    I’m a Vikings fan but that’s funny. Hopefully it never comes to fruition but good one none-the-less!

  18. rosstuckershair says:
    Feb 27, 2015 5:35 PM

    I get a kick out of the Viking fans telling us that this guy sucked.

    Oh really?, he started 61 games for the Vikings and its only after he gets cut that the Viking fans decides he sucks.

    Look, the truth be told, he always sucked, it just took 61 games before the Viking fans finally figured it out…………………………..

    Kinda like Brad Jones and AJ Hawk
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    There is not one Viking fan I know of that thought he was ever good regardless of how many games he started. He stunk from the very first game he played with the Vikings to the very last. Kalil is still a question mark but it could be said that he was trying to make up for Johnson’s inept play. Time will tell.

    The truth is most of the Vikings OLine are suspect. Phil Loadholt is slow and has a lot of false starts. I do like Brandon Fusco and hopefully he comes back healthy. Sullivan is okay at best. Johnson stinks. Hopefully Yankey will be better. Kalil has a lot of promise so hopefully a better Guard helps his play.

  19. with free agency a week away i’m guessing the vikings worked out a deal with one of the agents of the top 5 left guards during the combine and will announce the signing within the first day or two on march 10th

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