Charles Johnson likes lack of “politics” in AAF

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Wide receiver Charles Johnson played 39 games for the Vikings between 2014 and 2016, but a knee injury kept him out after signing with the Panthers in 2017 and he failed to make the Jets out of camp in 2018.

Johnson said he “lost that love that I once had growing up and playing in high school and college” after those experiences, which may have been why he initially passed on an invitation to play for the Alliance of American Football. After hearing from former teammates who were enjoying the league, Johnson changed his mind and signed with the Arizona Hotshots.

His first two games have resulted in 233 receiving yards and the overall experience of playing in a new league is one that’s been enjoyable thus far.

“Everybody’s pretty much equal,” Johnson said, via the AAF’s website “There’s no politics in this situation. The NFL’s different. If you’re a first-round pick, if you’re not playing, that looks bad on the guys upstairs, so they’re going to make sure you’re out there playing. When you’re out here, they just want to see the best players out there, and win games.”

Continued success over the rest of the season may leave Johnson in position to decide whether he’s going to wade back into the NFL’s political pool for a shot at returning to the league in 2019.

13 responses to “Charles Johnson likes lack of “politics” in AAF

  1. I guess we all knew that a first round pick gets a lot more chances to succeed than a seventh rounder. However I never looked at it from the players point of view. I can see where this can get in the way of team harmony, when one of these guys doesn’t perform and the team doesn’t win. It also probably creates tension between the coaches and the GM if this goes south. I’m glad I read this article. It was short, but there’s a lot to think about.

  2. Sounds like he would rather stay in the AAF. Though I’m not too sure how long they will remain “non-political” if they become successful and continue to grow. They’ll likely just become another NFL, with the only changes being meant to specifically separate them from the NFL.

  3. Johnson is an NFL level talent. Pushing him to the curb so that Treadwell could get on the field was idiotic of the Vikings. Him with Diggs and Thielen would have been far more potent than Diggs, Thielen and Treadwell.

    I hope he gets another shot with a team this season.

  4. Doesn’t sound to me like he is making excuses. Just stating his opinion about the NFL, like all you do. Why is everyone criticizing him? He’s playing football and having fun and yes, he will likely go back and play in the NFL if given the chance. What is wrong with that?

  5. Some of you can dump on him all you want but I’m a Viking fan and I would take him every day of the week and especially on Sunday over Treadwell. I don’t remember him dropping as many passes as Treadwell did. I remember CJ making some really nice catches one season and a big contested one against the Bears in Chicago. Treadwell made a few catches over 3-4 years. Politics were a major issue in that situation. Politics do make a big difference sometimes, sometimes a little difference but the point is they do exist and matter. By the way which one of you wouldn’t go back to the NFL and make 5 to 10 times more money, If you got a fair opportunity? So many people post such silly and nonsensical statements.

  6. TheDPR says:
    February 22, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Johnson is an NFL level talent. Pushing him to the curb so that Treadwell could get on the field was idiotic of the Vikings. Him with Diggs and Thielen would have been far more potent than Diggs, Thielen and Treadwell.
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    That’s revisionist history. Johnson had an okay first season with the Vikings, but over his last two years he caught 29 passes for 359 yards and no touchdowns. In Treadwell’s last two years, he has 55 catches for 502 yards and one touchdown. Treadwell hardly played his rookie season and Johnson wasn’t able to do anything with Diggs and Thielen. The production of Diggs and Thielen has been much, much better in the last two years with Treadwell than it was in 2016 with Johnson. Clearly, Treadwell is terrible, but Charles Johnson was let go because of a lack of production, not just to get Treadwell on the field.

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