Vikings keep defensive tackle Tom Johnson with three-year deal

AP

Tom Johnson was hoping to parlay a breakout year into some long-term security.

He found it without going far.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Vikings have agreed to a three-year, $7 million deal with the veteran defensive tackle.

Johnson started two games for the Vikings last year, after spending the previous three with the Saints.

But his 6.5 sacks in a rotational role also created some interest, enough to offset the looming court date on a disorderly conduct arrest.

40 responses to “Vikings keep defensive tackle Tom Johnson with three-year deal

  1. I thought they overpaid at 7M until I saw it was only 3M guaranteed. Nice deal for someone who had 6.5 sacks as a DT last season!

  2. I have 110% confidence in Zimmer knowing what our D needs. Great signing, Johnson wreaked some havoc last season on many occasions.

  3. FANTASTIC NEWS Viking fans! WooHoo! (
    $1M per sack. Money well spent Ricky Tick.

    SKOLLOLLOL…

    May we apply that same formula to 5 sacks and 10 million for Peppers? Who oddly, at 35 and a free agent was the best Packer defender last year. It’s a window into Ted’s drafting prowess..

  4. The Vikings will pay more for the disorderly conduct than the production.

    actually they waived Guion last year…

  5. Good signing. That was really the only free agent the Vikings wanted to keep. I think TJ understands that Zimmer’s defense gives him opportunities to excel that he wouldn’t get elsewhere.

  6. Good re-resigning. 3-years if productive, 1-2 if not, depending on level of play. He had a great year last year, hopehefollowsitup well

  7. I was holding out hope that this team wouldn’t overpay for a rotational player. It sounded originally that Johnson wanted more money than he was worth. I am not too upset with this deal. Hopefully, now, Minnesota turns its attention to improving the roster with outside free agents.

  8. Awesome resigning! The rest of our free agents can walk now. I would now like to see a guard and free safety come from free agency, fill the rest of the needs through the draft.
    SKOL!

  9. A decent lineman, plus a great lead singer for the Doobie Brothers. I wish him well.

  10. $7m over 3 years… the Vikings basically swapped an ineffective offensive guard for an effective defensive tackle with some change to spare.

  11. I see the Vikings are planning on fielding another talentless losing roster again this year, and Zimmer has no hope of ever beating the Packers with this sorry collection of bums.

  12. You Viking fans really should just sit back and let Zimmer work his magic. He already has improved the defense by leaps and bounds in one season. It’s only going to get better. We Bengal fans know what we are talking about.

  13. sonofad says:
    Mar 8, 2015 7:06 PM
    I see the Vikings are planning on fielding another talentless losing roster again this year, and Zimmer has no hope of ever beating the Packers with this sorry collection of bums.

    Good grief, these Packer trolls. Not really care to battle, it’s pretty silly. But hopefully these guys understand it’s a one-man team there. Every same football fan understands that Rodgers is the man
    You’ve had 2 HOF quarterbacks for what, the last 25 years? Yeah 2 superbowl wins…guaranteed with some of the Viking teams in that period we’d have done pretty good with a quarterback like that.
    Nice choke by the way.

  14. Fair contract for both sides. He knew how well he fit into this system and probably took a bit less to stay. Now he just has to make sure he leaves steak houses at closing time.

  15. rosstuckershair says:
    Mar 8, 2015 6:32 PM

    FANTASTIC NEWS Viking fans! WooHoo! (
    $1M per sack. Money well spent Ricky Tick.

    SKOLLOLLOL…

    May we apply that same formula to 5 sacks and 10 million for Peppers? Who oddly, at 35 and a free agent was the best Packer defender last year. It’s a window into Ted’s drafting prowess..
    ==================================
    No you really can’t apply the same formula to Peppers. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s one of the Top 10 guys at his position. He had 31 hurries and 11 QB hits last year. Returned a couple of INT’s for TD’s. He’s still very disruptive, for a defense that ranked just a couple of ticks below the Vikings last year. He still has speed which allows the Packers to move him into different positions. You need to pay closer attention rather than making random, baseless statements.

  16. You need to pay closer attention rather than making random, baseless statements…

    I was responding to an inane post by one of your brethren. The statement about being your best defender is true, as well as Ted’s prowess of drafting defense

  17. This had to be done. Good Job brass. Great deal with option for 2nd year. I hear talk of Iupiti??? Make a nice blocker for Peterson.

  18. Now that the queens emptied their bank account on Brad Johnson, oops I’m sorry Tom Johnson, who’s paying for that little stadium in minnesoooota?

  19. Hey queen fans remember that game when “old man Peppers” picked off Christina Ponder and raced 49 yards for a pick6…..remember that game do ya? do ya?
    Cordarrelle Paterson trying so hard to catch the big man but Pep just pulled taunting the whole way. LOL

    Green Bay Packers 13
    minnesoooota ZERO

    LOL

  20. Hey queen fans remember that game when “old man Peppers” picked off Christina Ponder and raced 49 yards for a pick6…..remember that game do ya? do ya?
    Cordarrelle Paterson trying so hard to catch the big man but Pep just pulled taunting the whole way. LOL

    Green Bay Packers 13
    minnesoooota ZERO………………………

    I remember the game where Kearse caught a pass and went to the Super Bowl…The same has happened for the last 4 years for the Green Bay Rodgers. He is getting the rap that he can’t win playoff games

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