Eagles add AAF star Charles Johnson

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Receiver Charles Johnson liked the lack of “politics” in the AAF. The lack of money, however, made that option no longer viable for him.

So it’s back to politics, and potential paychecks, in the NFL. Johnson has signed with the Eagles.

Johnson appeared in 39 games over three season with the Vikings, generating 475 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2014. He had 45 catches for 687 yards and five touchdowns in eight games with the Orlando Apollos.

Everybody’s pretty much equal,” Johnson said regarding the AAF. “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.”

The rash of the best AAF players being signed by NFL teams reinforces the notion that having bottom-of-roster NFL players on AAF rosters wouldn’t have saved the league; the AAF already had bottom-of-roster NFL players, and it still failed.

23 responses to “Eagles add AAF star Charles Johnson

  1. This is why the NFL was short sided in failing to back the AAF. After college eligibility expires, these players have nowhere to go if they miss their chance in the NFL. The NFL absolutely NEEDS a development or minor league. Perhaps they’ll wise up and work with the XFL. The World Football League produced Kurt Warner. Without that “minor league”, he would never have had a chance to come back to the NFL.

  2. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t practice well or impress coaches but when he’s on the field he produces. It’s hard to get chances that way. I would like to see him get a real shot at playing time. For those who think he’s too slow, he can’t possibly be slower than Jordan Matthews, and the Eagles and Wentz like him a lot.

  3. He’s an okay possession receiver, but based on what I saw during his time with the Vikes, I bet he doesn’t make the Eagles’ team come September.

  4. “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.”
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    He’s obviously referring to Laquon Treadwell, who was a first-round pick in Johnson’s last year with the Vikings. What he doesn’t say is that Treadwell really didn’t play much his rookie season due to injuries and ineffectiveness. Johnson got seven starts that year and played in all 16 games. He finished with 20 receptions for 232 yards and no touchdowns. Not being a first-round pick is not the reason Johnson didn’t land with another NFL team.

  5. The thought of having bottom of the roster players on the AAF to help the league wasn’t because of the lack of talent but it would hopefully give them a reason to watch the AAF if the players came from NFL teams where fans had a rooting interest. I still don’t think it would work because you simply won’t generate enough revenue to keep it going. Fans only care about the bottom roster guys when they get drafted or sign initially.

  6. Obviously the Vikings are beset with administrational and team politics that have soured this young man on NFL football.
    This would help explain their 58 year franchise drought as a Championship team.
    Hopefully he’ll have a much better experience in Philadelphia.

  7. Funny how packer fanboys say they don’t care about the Vikings. Yet here they are trolling an article about a guy who hasn’t taken a snap for the Vikings in 3 years.

  8. TheDPR…you’re wrong. He had ample opportunity to produce in games when he was with the Vikings…and he often disappeared in games. His lack of production led to him falling down the depth chart, not his inability to practice well.

  9. RMoss84HOF says:
    April 9, 2019 at 4:20 pm
    Funny how packer fanboys say they don’t care about the Vikings. Yet here they are trolling an article about a guy who hasn’t taken a snap for the Vikings in 3 years.
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    It’s called reaping what you sow, Genius.
    Some Packer fans get so sick of the nonstop barrage of pointless blather that permeates any Packer story by an astounding number of witless purple trolls, this is what you’re going to get.
    But if you think any Packer fan truly cares or fears the Vikings as a team, well, you simply haven’t been watching much football over the last number of years.

  10. Wafflestomp says:
    April 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    But if you think any Packer fan truly cares or fears the Vikings as a team, well, you simply haven’t been watching much football over the last number of years.
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    But yet here you are still commenting and following up on a story of a guy who the Vikings haven’t employed in years – but yeah you don’t care. I have watched football the last few years – I noticed a lot of crying and whining from packers online and at US Bank. If they didn’t care why all the crying?

  11. I love his comment throwing some shade on Treadslow. Interesting enough, Treadslow isn’t even the biggest first round WR bust for the Vikings, that would be Troy “Hands of Stone” Williamson who the Vikings took 7th overall leaving Rodgers in the Green Room till the 24th pick. The Vikings will never live that one down.

  12. whatjusthapped says:
    April 9, 2019 at 6:54 pm
    I love his comment throwing some shade on Treadslow. Interesting enough, Treadslow isn’t even the biggest first round WR bust for the Vikings, that would be Troy “Hands of Stone” Williamson who the Vikings took 7th overall leaving Rodgers in the Green Room till the 24th pick. The Vikings will never live that one down.
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    Yeah because all teams with 26 year old All Pro/MVP candidate quarterbacks on roster use their 1st round picks on other quarterbacks. Packer fans live in the past all their lives but sure don’t know much about it.

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