Vikings Re-Sign Guard Charlie Johnson

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

I saw this come across my twitter feed a little while ago, and it was confirmed by Ben Goessling over at ESPN: the Vikings have re-signed free agent guard Charlie Johnson.  Johnson has been considered by many here at Daily Norseman to be the weak link of the offensive line, and according to Pro Football Focus, he was ranked 103 out of a possible 144 guards in the NFL last year, garnering a -5.4 overall grade.

Despite that, the Vikings signed him to a 2-year, $5 Million deal ($2.5 Million per year), although it remains to be seen how much of it is guaranteed.  If you remember, Johnson came over from the Colts and was forced into the Left Tackle position when the Vikings cut Bryant McKinnie before the 2011 season.  He struggled mightily, but after the Vikings drafted Matt Kalil, he slid over to left guard in 2012 and arguably had a sub-par year, despite helping pave the way for Peterson's 2,000 yard season.  His play was roughly equal in 2013, but the free agent market for guards this year was perilously thin.  It makes sense to resign him as insurance when the Vikings are unlikely to take a guard in the draft with a high round pick to plug and play as a starter, when there are still so many other pressing needs like quarterback, linebacker and cornerback.

Hey, on the upside, there's always something to be said for a little offensive line continuity.  If Charlie Johnson is the starter in 2014, we'll have had essentially the same offensive line for 3 years in a row.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Daily Norseman

You must be a member of Daily Norseman to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Daily Norseman. You should read them.

Join Daily Norseman

You must be a member of Daily Norseman to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Daily Norseman. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker