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Vikings Sign OT Charlie Johnson

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 1, 2011 – 10:45 am

Even on the first day of practice at 2011 Verizon Vikings Training Camp, head coach Leslie Frazier and VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman continue to mold the roster. The Vikings on Monday signed free agent OT Charlie Johnson, who was most recently with the Indianapolis Colts.

Johnson, a product of Oklahoma State, has played in 74 career games with 54 starts, yet he’s just 27 years old. He measures in at 6-4, 305 pounds, giving him the size up front to battle in the run game but also giving him the mobility to handle outside speed rushers in pass protection. And you don’t hang around the Colts for six seasons if you’re not productive and reliable.

Johnson played in 10 playoff games with five starts in Indianapolis, including appearances in two Super Bowls and one Super Bowl start. The Colts won 10+ games every year Johnson played there and Johnson was Manning’s blindside protector for a pair of MVP seasons in 2008 and 2009.


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109 Responses to “Vikings Sign OT Charlie Johnson”

  1. By KJ on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Please let this mean that McKinnie is on the way out!

  2. By MGR4FUN on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    this looks like a quality addition and hopefully can silence some of the naysayers … another job well done by the purple front office … competition is healthy for any good football team

  3. By SHARKEY88 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Like th addition of Charlie Johnson, but let’s get field STRETCHERRRRRRR ….and go get Malcom Floyd (San diego). SIZE AND SPEED!!!!!!!

  4. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick Jones – wake-up fred! wake-up! We signed a tackle! wake-up you got your wish!

    McKinnie must have reported in a little too heavy?

  5. By chad on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Thats great to hear but we could still use 1 more wide receiver so if you are listening go get edwards or floyd

  6. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Will Mckinnie move to the right side, or will he be traded?

  7. By Rory on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Johnson will probably play RG with Herrera out for a while. He’s apparently alot better inside than on the outside. Good addition, was starter in indy for 3 years.

  8. By Rory on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    We could still use a safety and maybe Malcolm Floyd as well.

  9. By Jeffbleedspurple on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K HAHAHA!! funny man! Fred should have a thrill over that news.

  10. By Cesar on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    NO He needs to take Loadholts spot put mckinnie on the RT

  11. By Shanzman on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Hey Hey….finally, addressing a need. Hutch and Johnson on one side, Herrea and LoadHolder on the other, now, maybe a Free Safety? Did I leave out someone? McKinnie, will be traded or let go..C Ya! Can we move Cook to Center? Our line looks a little better now.

  12. By JMFBinc on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Im a newly acquired Vikings fan… I follow #5 but have always had some interest in Vikings in the past. This is gonna be a SOLID team.. Ready to get this going. Eagles are still in my heart but Vikings coming out of the NFC this year… VIKINGS-Patriots or Jets in the Superbowl.

  13. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Rory – you might be right about Johson playing inside. But I am comfortable with DeGeare replacing Herrera. All I know is this is great news.

    Malcom Floyd or Santana Moss would be cool. Dashon Goldson and Richard Marshall are a couple DB still available.

    Keep it rolling Vikings front office! Don’t stop now!

  14. By fuzzy on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    This is a good addition to the team. I’m sure he’ll probably play inside as he’s quite undersized to fill the place of either of our current tackles (both McKinnie and Loadholt are 6’8″ 340 lbs.) I wouldn’t be at all upset to see him take McKinnie’s spot though.

    And guys, stop talking about our WR “needs” and actually look at our roster. We’re good.

  15. By aaron on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    By JMFBinc on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Im a newly acquired Vikings fan… I follow #5 but have always had some interest in Vikings in the past. This is gonna be a SOLID team.. Ready to get this going. Eagles are still in my heart but Vikings coming out of the NFC this year… VIKINGS-Patriots or Jets in the Superbowl.

    Wow…Vikings V Pats or Jets? Guess its good to hope…

  16. By tj on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Great! He should make a huge improvement to our starting right guard position. All complaining about WR you should realize that our roster is now full and I don’t think that we are as weak at WR as you all seem to indicate.

  17. By Nicholas on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    This is awesome news. Thank goodness…thats all I have to say : )

  18. By Mustang7 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Love it. I’m extremely worried about the OL. More than anything right now, really. It was awful last year!

  19. By Nicholas on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Mike,

    Is the front office considering Atari Bigby as a replacement for M. Williams?

  20. By Vking1 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Randy Moss to retire, now can we stop talking about him on here.

  21. By Rory on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Good call Nicholas i’ve been hoping we would go for Bigby .

  22. By James on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Phil Loadholt is on his way out! Atleast I hope he is.

  23. By Ham on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    This guy’s a guard, the Tackle’s aren’t going anywhere. The only spots that need upgrading right now are Center and RG. Mckinnie is average to above average and he’s getting paid like he’s average. Hutch is average, and getting paid like he’s very good. They will need to be replaced in the next year or two but they’re serviceable now. Loadholt is young and healthy this year so I expect him to bounce back. Sully is soft, small, and not very good. When you’re Center is bad your whole line is, Fusco is the opposite (talented, tough, just mean lol) but he’s too raw to start this year. Herrera wasn’t very good before he was hurt, now, ugh… I like DeGeare as a potential starter, I wonder where this new guy fits in, he’s only 27.

  24. By vikings fan 1955 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I have read up on him and he seems solid and being able to block on the blind side effectively will be a plus and I like his size and speed welcome to the vikings Mr Johnson. I doubt if moss is retiring and will sing a few days b4 seasons start.

  25. By Mike B. on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I had just read that before. Sounded like Randy Moss wanted to play for a contender and the offers he was getting must not have been to his liking. He has decided to retire. I am glad to put this to rest now and we can get on with the players we do have. Fred should be happy now we have signed another Vet OT so now we have a solid back up to play both sides and a possible starter. Sitting in the cities now for work wish it was in Mankato. Take care Everyone

  26. By Stoney on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    FRED, your the O-LINE guru, what do you think, is this guy good? Want to hear your opinion, thanx.

  27. By VIKINGS FAN on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    HUTCH IS THE BEST GUARD IN THE WHOLE NFL WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE IS
    AVERAGE GETTING PAID LIKE HE IS GOOD? HE IS AN ALL PRO!

  28. By Randell CunnighamFAn on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Very good move with Jonnson signing. Loadhoat will not be let good. He was rookie last yr and still was solid. He will only get better. We r set at wideout. No super stars but much dpeth and young. Look for harvin to have monster season with 5 at QB. We need S badly! We have some good Undrafted Safetys but come on we need a solid VET. I am sure we will add 1. Maybe we get Carlos Rodgers he is a free agent from redskins and then move Winfild to Safety where he will be able to roam more and unleash his vicious hits. I feel that even though he is undersize for S position he will be best there now with his age.

  29. By Ham on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hutch is a hall of famer, but he’s old, wearing down, and not the same player he once was. I could think of 10-15 Guards playing better than Hutch right now. He’s good enough to start but he’s over paid.

  30. By Shawn on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    WOW !!! McKinnies trainer must of put him on the Big Mac diet?

    Peyton Manning only sacked 16, 10, and 14 times in the 3 years Johnson started … thats pretty amazing considering he doesnt move

    very good addition again Frazier and Spielman

  31. By Ham on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    ^^ That’s why he’s not a Tackle, he accounted for 6 sacks last year. Try him at guard. The Colts were probably going to put him there after drafting Costanzo.

  32. By edgarfromcali on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    guys.. we really dont need a wr.. we have like 10 already! and they arent all that bad!! and plus we dont have anymore room for another player unless we drop someone.. we are fine without them.. since we do still have AP..

  33. By VIKINGS FAN on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    He is 33 so he is not super old for the offensive line stand point. He made the pro bowl from 2003 all the way to 2009 in a row, so one year he doesnt make the pro bowl does not mean he is dropping off

  34. By skolpurpleandgold on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    good pickup

  35. By Dave on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    They need to go out and sign Edwards and Floyd both… we need WR’s bad… i like this signing but come on and grab one of the stud recievers still available

  36. By VIKINGS FAN on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with wr comment we do need some proven big wrs that can be a red zone threats and also stretch the field. Edward and Floyd would be great all pros to add to offensive that would get us over that hump, and making a run at the superbowl a lot more realistic.

  37. By Ham on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    He’s 33 coming off of back to back years with surgerys and a year where he was put on IR, and getting paid like he’s 27. The pro bowl is a joke. He could play terrible and still get votes to the pro bowl, when you’re a future hall of famer like Hutch you get into the pro bowl based off of your name. Whether you deserve it or not. It’s a popularity contest, the 6-10 Cowboys got like 6 guys voted in while the 6-10 vikings got one…

  38. By B-Pro on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I really don’t see where were any better then last year. Yes, I no getting mcnabb will help at qb position, but we really didn’t help ourselves at wideout,secondary,and on the ol. Berrian and Jenkins are #2′s or #3′s on most nfl teams. We have no #1 guy. Our secondary hasn’t improved to me and with the current players, they can’t cover anybody. Our defensive line is getting older, we lost edwards and allen had a sub par year last year. He needs to play like he did in 2009. We struggled getting pressure on the qb last year and if that area doesn’t improve this year with our secondary IT WILL BE A LONG YEAR. I think we improved some on the ol side with some new pick-ups but not enough. We can’t rely on AP to carry the ball 30 times a game. If we do he won’t finish the season. Other defenses will stack the line, keep AP in check and force mcnabb to throw ball to average at best wideouts. Yes I know we have a good tightend and percy who is great in the slot, but can he play a whole year. Give me some feed back on what you guys think.

  39. By jv3rnon on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Time to drop Loadholt and get a good center. Olin Kreutz from the Bears would be great for us. Sullivan SUCKS!

  40. By Carl Brodin on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Mike,
    I sure hope signing this guy means Mckinnie is on his way out. We could take what he gets this year and sign Olin Kruetz C, Donte Whitner S. Also get rid of Bernard Berrian. We dont need him he’s just not productive no matter what or how you package him. We need some cap space.

  41. By VIKINGS FAN on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    The cowboys did go 6-10 but the guys who got choosen for the cowboys all produced numbers or played well at there postion thats why they got selected.
    Miles austin- 69 rec for 1,041 yds 7tds
    Demarcus ware- 66 tackles and 15.5 sacks
    terrence newman 79 tackles 5 ints
    Mike jenkins 55 tackles 1int
    jason witten-94 rec for 1,000 yds 9td
    only person who stats are up for debate are mike jenkins but he was not a first
    ballot probowler so they all had stats to be there.

  42. By David on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    If they get Floyd or Edwards I would actually think they have a shot at the playoffs maybe more

  43. By sprtsfannd on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Johnson is a VERY good signing for the Vikings! He is a bit undersized for the Tackle position and would probably be best suited as a guard…however, even though that may be the best scenario, don’t be surprised if his signing puts some pressure on McKinney to actually do something and put in a little effort now!

  44. By VIKINGS FAN on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    B pro-
    I couldnt agree more with your comment our secondary has terrible! with injurys to griffen left his side open our safetys are terrible the worest in the league. We have people throw all day on us also are wr’s did not upgrade they are all number 2 and 3 wrs at best! it is simple as this we need proven good wr’s to upgrade at that postion and we also need proven good safteys or else it will be a long year.

  45. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    This addition definitely makes one of the starters expendable. One of the areas that Indy always was strong at was its offensive line, which is why Manning is always so comfortable sitting back in the pocket. The only question now is who is the odd man out. Good arguments have been made against just about every one of our linemne, but it’s anybody’s guess as to how it’s going to work out.

    One thing I’d like to know, however, is why did the Colts not retain his skills? Did they decide he wasn’t good enough for them anymore, or did he decide to find a new team?

  46. By rye on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Great pickup.

  47. By Justin on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Well i look at it this way. Anthony Herrera is coming off an ACL tear. I think the move here would be to maybe move Loadholt over to guard or Johnson to guard and let Herrera be a back up like he should be and heal that ACL. thats a pretty nasty line right there if they all got their heads in the right place. from left to right fellas. McKinnie, Hutchinson, Sullivan, Loadholt, and Johnson. bring the Detroit line to the dome baby ;)

  48. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with a lot of others on here that we have no need to look for any more WRs. We currently have so many WRs on the team that we’ll need to make some tough decisions on which of them to cut.

    What really perplexes me is how many people I see who are begging for the team to go after 2 or 3 all-pro WRs. That’s just pure madness. The most any team would need is 2, and we already have one in Harvin. It’s arguable that one of the guys we brought in during the offseason will be capable of being the second, even if he isn’t a household name yet. Beyond that, we just need some reliable supporting cast, because more All Stars would only create more trouble with guys complaining that they’re not getting used enough, and salary cap issues being impossible to overcome.

    The Roster currently shows 12-guys at WR, with 6 of them being rookies (at least in the NFL). I’d be surprised if more than 6-guys make the final cut for the 2011 roster, and that includes guys who make the practice squad. So there’s plenty of competition to make the WRs we have better than a lot of people are expecting from them.

  49. By fuzzy on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    DB: Have any of you guys actually watched Husain Abdullah play? Sure he’s not Darren Sharper in his prime or Troy Polamalu, but he’s 26 years old and is growing into a promising defensive back. Antoine has always been good, getting up there in age and slowing down a bit, but he’s still a great corner. Ced has consistently shown flashes of greatness and will emerge as a star if he stays healthy.

    WR: Again, look at our roster. Sure Berrian and Jenkins might be #2 receivers, maybe 3rd on some teams, but you can’t have a winning team without a number 2 receiver. Besides, with K-Rudy and Shank we’ll be in good shape in terms of big targets in the red zone and endzone. Floyd and Edwards would be nice to have, I can’t argue that, but there’s that whole thing about money…

    OL: They’ll get back on track. Loadholt (who was not a rookie last year, but remember his rookie performance?) will continue to grow. Along with this and other signings, we’ll be just fine.

    The amount of negativity here astounds me, and after just one underachieving year. Try actually having some faith in Coach and our team. That being said, there are still things to do with this team, but above all, certain guys will have to step up. Welcome to football. Skol!

  50. By CA Norwegian on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    At least there doing something other than denial. Thank you!
    @ B-pro. I agree with you there is cause for worry. But there is much young talent, that will go out there and light things up for the first time. I think most who remember the 2010 games, at least in the first half, remember we seemed to have bad luck, bad coaching decisions and intangibles that took wins and turned them into losses. The offense generated mostly gross punt yards becasue everything was about Favre holding the ball and looking for another TD pass to pad his stats. I think we have 2 great TE’s now in Shiancoe and Rudolph. Kyle is a B-baller and linebackers will be lacking trying cover him as he goes vertical for receptions. McNab will have lots of reliable hands to dump the ball against the blitz happy teams out there. If he is willing to settle for 1st downs, it will help the Defense look much better. We will move the ball when the D posts a stop, put some points on the board, and force the other teams to play from behind. Our D made tons of stops in the first games last year, and the O had no more magic from Favre to spend.

  51. By CA Norwegian on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I would liove toi see them pick up Edwards or Floyd, but it doesn’t seem to be in the personality. I think the’re waiting for release bargains, as other teams are gonna loose people to make caps after the monster contracts are done, They have to make the cap and put near minimum wage in places where they may regret it. I think Vikes will play alot of 2 TEs, and also Kyle can move around where he lines up. We had a good small one in Anthony Carter, and now like him Percy can be a good streaker along with BB, when DBs get to drawn in against us. They should try the Kid from Chicage, The Kid from Atlanta, The Kid from CFL. (can he be a rookie of the year?) I want to see Joe Web and AP out in some patterns, as Toby should be also seeing more hand-offs. We have tons of O-talent, and O-promise. Imagine your about 5-11 and your job is to jam AP. He puts you on your behind, turns and takes a quick pass…

  52. By Nicholas on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I didn’t realize this was the last addition to our 90 man roster (for right now at least).

    So, we would have to release someone to be able to sign anyone else it seems. I can think of a couple of people who’s jobs may be on the line….

    Did we sign a Veteran Safety, or are we likely sticking with what we have now?

  53. By lui on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    why didn’t we get randy moss for 1 year before he retirement he really wants a super bowl ring and it would be the best for him to retire in Minnesota with us

  54. By Nicholas on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like we have a lot of young talent @ S, and a few Veterans as well–Tyrell Johnson, Frampton, Abdullah, and Sanford.

    I’d still say signing someone like Atari Bigby would be a good idea…but I can see the logic in letting the people we have now step up and develop.

  55. By drew on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    We need OT help, but we suck at cornerback, why don’t we never try to get a good one, we always get a has been. Randy Moss retired, we can get him for cheap!

  56. By Woodboat on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    GAAAHHH!!! Thank you, Spielman, for trying to address the O-Line needs. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Please, one of you, please explain to me why you believe that Loadholt is going to be a successful OT in the NFL. HE HAS NO FEET!!! You can’t play OT without lateral speed, and he has NONE. I don’t care what the coaches teach him…. you can’t teach fast!!!! If he had speed, he wouldn’t be peppered with holding calls every game. HE WILL CONTINUE TO GET BEAT if they leave him at the OT spot, unless you put a decent blocking TE to cover his outside shoulder.

    Put Johnson at LT, McKinnie at RT, and move Loadholt to RG.

  57. By Mike on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    We definately need another WR. Didn’t we learn that last year. Favre had no one to throw to in the beginning of the season. A strong WR core would really help out.

  58. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Woodboat, I agree that you can’t teach fast, but you CAN teach quick. This is because fast depends on physical traits while quick depends on mental traits, (reaction and technique). I think offensive linemen have much more need to be quick than fast, so that they can react to the moves of the defense in time to stay in front of them. I also believe that quickness is the area that both tackles need to improve on.

  59. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Mike – we added 3-WRs, drafted another, brought in several undrafted rooky WRs, and lost none from the group that we had in the beginning of the season. You need to study up on these guys and THEN try to argue what skills they lack which still need to be addressed.

  60. By Larson on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    FRAIZER CALL RANDY MOSS! HE IS NOT EXACTLY RETIRED! HIS AGENT SAID HE IS BUT HE ISN’T. DONT OFFER HIM 1 YEAR. OFFER HIM 3 YEARS SO HE CAN RETIRE AS A VIKINGS. COMON YOU WANT 16-0, PLUS A SUPERBOWL? MOSS WILL BE THE ANSWER. CALL 1-800-MOSS-NOW! HE WILL BE THE SUPERBOWL CONTENDER FOR THE VIKINGS.

  61. By Spanky8 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    stop the guess work wait till after the bye week then we will know if they are ready or not… ya cant judge um till they play.. lets just hope they all do their job and crush green gay…MEATHEADS NOT CHEESEHEADS…. VIKES RULE

  62. By Larson on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    CALL RANDY MOSS NOW!

  63. By Clay on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Yes! This add was much needed! Vikings have made all the right moves this free agency. Nothing big, just nice under-the-radar signing.

  64. By zayzillionz on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Bryant McKinnie and 3rd rounder to the Giants for Osi Umenyiora

  65. By zayzillionz on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    o yea and i 2nd Larson’s comment… We NEED TO CALL MOSS!!! Perfect situation….

  66. By vikingfan on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    please tell me that means loadholt is out.

  67. By zayzillionz on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    We did a good job this offseason but there’s still means for improvement I live in Philadelphia and the moves here have the city going crazy. We still need a WR, CB, SS oR FS and another running back aside from Toby Gerhart he’s shown glimpses but we need a speedy guy Gerhart more like your Mike Alstott which is good but we need more flexibility than jus AP even though he’s the best RB in the NFL he still need time to catch his breath. McNabb is great i’ve watched him his whole career (i lie in philly) he’s a winner and nothing less and also a good teacher. I like Minnesota to go at least 10-6 or 11-5 this year with a couple more moves.

  68. By Woodboat on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody… I hear what you are saying about the difference between fast and quick. I do believe, however, that you still have to be fast to play tackle. If you have the mental quickness to react to what the DE is trying to do, you can get that crucial first step in the right direction, but that doesn’t help you maintain the block beyond that point. DEs ran around Loadholt regularly last season, even after he made that outside move at the snap. He’s the fat kid that can’t keep up. Now that doesn’t mean he can’t be a dependable OG… I’d like to see him get a shot at that position.

  69. By Carl K on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Parody – The Colts wanted to keep C. Johnson but signing Manning (and a running back) was a priority. The Colts also drafted OL Anthony Castanzo in the first round and OL Ben Ijalana in the second round.

    Johnson is not a great LT but he is ok. I just don’t think he was at the top of the Colts priority list at this point. When a team drafts someone in the first round at your postion it makes you uncomfortable.

    I live in Indiana, Colts fan are unhappy that they couldn’t get him resigned.

  70. By tom ashley on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings definitely need help drastically on the right side of the offensive line! It seems that every play their is a gapping hole where the oppossing defenses have a field day sacking or rushing Favre as well as the revolving QB’s on the Vikings!!! HELP please “sign a great offensive tackle or guard…save a quarterback”!

  71. By Prijon Pro on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Great move!!! Now go get Olin Kruetz and Tony Richardson!!!

  72. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Woodboat – forgive me for disagreeing, but I see about a 5-yard zone that tackles need to cover in passing plays in order to protect the QB in the pocket. A guy Loadholt’s size can move 5-yards in two steps, so I really don’t see how Fast works into the equation.

    Guards on the other hand probably need to be a little faster, because from what I understand they are usually the players pulling on stunt plays. So they need to be fast enough to stay in front of the running back until he gets to the line of scrimmage.

  73. By Paris Allen on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Really I have been quite impressed with how Rick Spielman has quietly and methodically gone about filling our needs. Now, if we can somehow get rid of the other two major under achievers with Bryant Mckinnie and Bernard-MIA_ Berrian, and sign a Malcolm Floyd and maybe one other DE/DT to play opposite of number 69, then we will be in excellent shape. The problem last year wasn’t Brett Favre coming to camp late, it was selfish people playing for the name on the back of the jersey and for new contracts, instead of for the name on the front of the Jersey. Also having no pass protection and last but no least nobody to play CB. Hopefully this will be the beginning of what will end with a Superbowl next year with Larry Fitzgerald coming home, and our quest being complete. All the pieces are almost there, if not soon to be there, but its making everyone buy into the same vision and scheme at the same time.

  74. By Colts Fanatic on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Good Luck with this guy, He isnt that good plus he got popped for drug charges here in Indy, thats why he was let go.

  75. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K – Thanks for the info. I didn’t realize that the Colts signed OL with their first two selections. I would have figured that they’d be smarter to continue to work with the talent they already had. But maybe they knew how much money they were going to throw at Payton, and decided that this was the most realistic way to maintain their o-line strengths while remaining below the salary cap.

  76. By TJ on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think getting Floyd or Moss will allow the Vikes to beat GB or Philly. We should have gotten Asuamgha (Oakland DB can’t spell). I like getting someone young on the OL. We need to address the DL. Pat Williams out, Kevin getting older, Allen has seemed to plateau in productivity. Ray Edwards? Something needs to happen there. Who is going to start LE? Robison?

  77. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @TJ – Robison is a great DE. The chances he got on the field, he was always breathing down the QB’s neck. Over the past two years, he and Edwards were in a close competition for the starting role, and I honestly thought that Robison deserved it more than Ray. I think that above all else, this competition threatened Ray and that is why he wanted to leave. That’s also why he always refers to Robison as his backup (look for any recent interview of Edwards), rather than mentioning him by name.

    Ray Edwards is too arogant, and we’ll be better off without him.

  78. By fuzzy on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Olin Kreutz: 34 years old. Randy Moss: 34 years old. Somebody mentioned Tony Richarson??? He’s 39.

    Here’s an idea guys, let’s actually have some guys still alive next year. Okay, maybe an overstatement but we’re building for the future. Newish head coach, new coordinators, new position coaches, new QBs… this is all being done to rebuild for future greatness.

    Oh and Loadholt can definitely be taught better quickness as mentioned above. He showed what he’s capable of in his rookie season. I think he’s a very promising OT. And can you image running behind a 6’8″ 340 pound guard? He’d have to open up a hole the size of 35W for AP to squeeze through.

    Randy Moss is a cancer to a football team. He has absolutely no place here and I hope he doesn’t come back to retire. He’s had so many opportunities to show that he’s grown up and matured and he’s blown it every time. A tiger can’t change his stripes.

    Okay, I’m done. Let’s stop this nonsense talk about Moss and Kreutz. Skol!

  79. By DaveAbe on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    This is definitely an upgrade. Loadholt has plenty of room to grow, I believe. But McKinnie is pretty much an overrated bust.

  80. By dreskee on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    vikes need to trade for asante samual maybe a lb and a 2rd pick

  81. By campfrazier on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I think you folks are talking about a different Charlie Johnson, um the guy we got was drafted by the ColtS in the 6th round of the 2006 draft, number 199 overall. He is 27 yrs old. do your homework guys!!!!!

  82. By Parody on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @campfrazier – who said anything to contradict those facts?

  83. By gerald on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    please go after darren sharper , he is a unrestricted free agent and a lot better than anything weve had since he left. the D-FENCE needed sunblock 1,000,000 the last few years, because they were getting burned over the middle all the time. HEY LESLI ITS TIME TO SOLIDIFY THE SAFTY POSITION.

  84. By ryan on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    this is a good pickup and we did floyd and get rid of berrian because he will free up some cap space and we dont have any #1 WR rite now and floyd would be a good fit for us

  85. By mr smiff on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    This is good news to me. I would have liked to hear to that McKinnie was cut or traded, but I’ll take knowing that McKinnie now knows that his job is no longer safe. With the release of M. Williams (adieu Madieu!), the restructuring of Halleberrian’s contract and the addition of McNabb, Jenkins and now Johnson, the Vikings front office are now starting to act likr they’re serious. Now how about the following: the Vikings cut Tahi and move Kleinsasser to the FB position, and they make Winfield a FS and make a play for Assante Samuel?

  86. By Jeffbleedspurple on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know why you guys are giving McKinnie a hard time, your picking on the wrong guy according to what I seen, it is as follows: Pro Football Focus had Johnson rated as the 44th ranked T in the NFL, with a rating of (-9.9). Bryant McKinnie was 16th over all, with a 3.8 rating). Phil Loadholt, who was one of the worst tackles in the league last year, a rating of (-22.8) looks to me we have more of a problem with Loadholt.

  87. By MTVikesfan on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    The team is in dire need of free-safety help at a minimum. Don’t know if they have the answer at strong safety or not on the roster. Really shocked that the team released Williams and didn’t replace him with anybody (releasing him wasn’t a bad move, not replacing him was the bad move).

  88. By Rich on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Oh whoopee. If Charlie Johnson was that good Indy wouldn’t have let this backup go. Someone else’s backup we hope will be our starter on a team that will be lucky to go 8-8 even with a weak schedule. Another disappointing season in the works for our local purple.

  89. By big mikd on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    The vikings are slow if we cut berrian and signed edwards that would wash itself 0ut i would take edwards over berrian any day of the weak how many times did he dro the dang ball and our d line why didnt we get haynesworth instead of this guy from the saints, and cornerback why don we send bryant mckinnie to philly and try and get asante samuel those should be the moves the vikings should have made or done osi from the giants wouldnt be a bad pick up but he wants $ and we dont really need to tie u anymore money on the d line

  90. By celticvikingwarrior on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @ “Fuzzy” Contrary to your apparent belief that John Sullivan is a solid NFL center and that Olin Kruetz is washed up because he’s 34 and will be deceased next year, you could not be MORE WRONG. Kruetz is still a HIGHLY productive center who was the victim of a new GM who wanted to show the team who’s boss, they were $500.000 apart. He would be the PERFECT mentor for the next year or two for the the VIKES next starting (AND GREAT TO BE) center, BRANDON FUSCO, NOT John Sullivan who has only shown that he can’t block and does NOT belong….
    1. Antonio Cromartie (jets) SHOULD HAVE SIGNED…
    2. Malcom Floyd–SHOULD HAVE SIGNED…NOT THE chicago “cub’s” kid who had ONE good game in his carreer against our atrocious secondary ( I KNOW THE CONTRACTS DON’T MATCH UP, THAT’S NOT THE POINT. WASTED MONEY IS)
    3. S–Eric Weddle– tried hard to sign, just couldn’t beat 5 years 40+ mill.from his current team…can’t win em all…
    4.FREE SAFETY, is FAR AND AWAY THE EASIEST POSITION TO PLAY IN FOOTBALL, INCLUDING PUNTER AND KICKER. YA I SAID IT !!!!
    5.HUSSAIN ABDULLAH IS NOT A GOOD ONE, HE MAY BECOME ONE BUT I HAVE MY DOUBTS. BARELY TACKLES, TAKES HORRIBLE ANGLES TO THE BALL CARRIER, AND CAN’T CATCH IF HIS LIFE DEPENDED ON IT….HERE’S HOPING ONE OF THE 7 OR 8 WE HAVE IN CAMP STEPS UP !!!!!!

  91. By MJRommel on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Ok so we are finally looking for ways to fill in the OL right? Well, Kinda…I guess? At least there trying!! Honestly, if it were up to me we would be out getting at least one CB cause I honestly want Asher Allen off the team. I cant tell you how many times I was soooo mad last year cause of him in the secondary. Also, I hear everyone on here talking about M.Floyd, B.Edwards, yada yada…. Do you not understand that T.O. is a free agent? Hate on him all you want but him and Donovan would bring touchdowns and ticket sales and some laughter to this cold miserable state and Twin Cities.

  92. By Arrow86 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I doubt if there is much of a chance, (but I still believe in Santa Claus.) Any chance DeSean Jackson could be traded to get the contract he wants? Could we give them Berrian, a 2nd round in 2012, and a 3rd in 2013. Could you fathom him and Percy on the field at the same time?

  93. By madmax255 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    So why are we not interested in A. Samuel……Philly will be the team to beat this year,so do we not need help in the secondary?

  94. By MJRommel on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    This is what the Viking Offense could look like:
    QB: Donovan Mcnabb
    RB: Adrian Peterson
    TE: Visanthe Shiancoe
    WR: Percy Harvin, Michael Jenkins, Terrell Owens, Bernard Berrian

    This is what the Vikings Offense looks Like NOW:

    QB: Donovan Mcnabb
    RB: Adrian Peterson
    TE: Visanthe Shiancoe
    WR: Percy Harvin, Michael Jenkins, Bernard Berrian, Devin Aromashodu

    Come On Viking Fans Seriously we can do better than that!!

  95. By MJRommel on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Arrow86 I understand its a long shot to get T.O. but hey you cannot say he wouldnt be a good presence on the field especially now that we have Jenkins too…get serious two huge guys plus using Harvin as a unpredictable slot/tailback. And what do you mean him and harvin on the field at the same time? Yea I could…..but hey I guess Devin Armashodu will really have are opponents shaking in there boots!?! Yea Right!

  96. By Kris on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    The big needs as I see it are secondary and maybe WR but I would love to see them go after Osi Umenyiora to help free Allen up but with what they gave robison that won’t happen. Jenkins could step into a #1 WR role given that he has the chance. All we need is speed to stretch the field so they can’t load the box. Berrian CAN be productive but he goes in and out. I betting you will see AP getting more involved in the pass game this year, Westbrook was McNabbs safty valve in philly and AP could be that though I’d rather see them pound the ball with him to open the field up for the pass game.

  97. By tru-speed on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Vikingsfan! Loadholt was a rookie give him a break and check AP’s stats running to his side!

  98. By Dave on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    this was a good decision we either get rid of mckine or we move loadholt to gaurd and it wouldnt be bad to get T.O. and we could use a cornerback how about trade for asante samuel sounds good

  99. By Patrick Ziemann on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to see Johnson at RT and Loadholt at RG.Loadholt was constantly burned in pass protection last year! Another Idea would be to grab a corner like Grimes or Carlos Rodgers and then move Windfield to safety!

  100. By fuzzy on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    @celticvikingwarrior

    I don’t recall ever saying John Sullivan is a good center. Actually I don’t recall ever mentioning his name. He isn’t a good NFL center. And I also never said that Kreutz was “washed up” because he’s older. I agree, many players have some more miles in the tank at 34 and Kreutz is one of them. Yes, he is a very highly productive center. I just don’t want to see the Vikings continue their bad habit of signing one and two year guys.

    Antonio Cromartie is a good DB, no doubt, but I think I heard somewhere that he had behavior problems (please somebody correct me if I’m wrong because I’m curious about this). There’s a reason he wasn’t signed weather it’s not a right fit with the team, money, or behavior problems.

    Malcom Floyd is a very good reciever and any team would be delighted to have him, as well as any fan with a brain in their head. I recognize that there are money problems though, as well as ten or so other recievers who, no, aren’t ‘on his level’ but deserve a shot. Yeah, Aromashadou is mediocre.

    Eric Weddle is a great safety and I’m sad he didn’t land with us, but yeah, he’s now the highest paid safety in the league so again there’s that.

    I fully agree with you, our FS spot leaves a little (or a lot) to question but if it’s the easiest position to play, shouldn’t it be the least of our concerns? Throw Joe Webb back there. That was a joke, although I’d be curious to see how that would turn out.

    We have a good football team. Let’s all start getting excited for the season instead of talking about what should have happened. I can’t wait, I’ll be at training camp a few times this week. Skol!

  101. By sensi on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    if mckinnee doesnt wanna restucture his deal and move inside maybe to RG then he needs to be cut

  102. By sensi on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    they have some competition at receiver harvin, jenkins, berrian, camarillo, arashoushmadu, plus hopefully some good competition at TE, shanko, kyle, and kliensaucer, with adian peterson, gerhart, and booker is looking skilled aswell i think this offence can be explosive with mcnabb or ponder later on in the season if mcnabb doesnt work out.

  103. By celticvikingwarrior on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    @ “Fuzzy” Could you please do me (all of us actually) a favor while you are at camp this week, that is check out a couple RFA–WR’s named ANTOINE HOLMES # 15, and DOMINIQUE JOHNSON # 18. It would be GREATLY APPRECIATED !!! They are 6′-5″-205, and 6′-4″-225 respectively, and both come from ULTRA SMALL schools but I think these guys are SERIOUS “diamond in the rough” types who might be vikes for aLONG, LOOOONG TIME, Again any input would be nice. THANKS & SKOL

  104. By Chris Kunkle on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Alright here is my thought on the whole thing…. I like this signing and believe we could afford to keep him at left tackle. Take McKinnie and our second round pick and give Philly a call and a get Samuel over here. This would improve our secondary a lot… all we would need is a good safety to plug in and we wouldn’t be a half bad team depending on how everyone plays of course

  105. By Chris Kunkle on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Either make the trade i mentioned before or go out and sign Brent Grimes… he would also improve our secondary dramatically. I am praying to get one of these two scenarios but neither one will probably happen.

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