On Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings answered one of the questions that their fans have been asking for about three months now.
No, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will not be coming back this season.
After playing in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans and then being deactivated for each of the next twelve games, the Vikings have finally made the move to put the fourth-year defensive tackle on Injured Reserve, ending his season.
I’m not totally sure why the Vikings have decided that now was the time to put Floyd on the injured reserve list. He hasn’t even practiced since having a scope done on his knee following the season opener. But they have decided, and now the question becomes whether or not the team will be bringing him back for the 2017 season. The team did pick up his fifth-year option at a price tag of about $6.7 million, but that’s only guaranteed in the case of injury. They can cut him before the start of the league year without paying a dime.
To take Floyd’s spot on the 53-man roster, the Vikings have promoted defensive tackle Toby Johnson from the practice squad. Johnson apparently signed a contract extension with the Vikings today, according to his Instagram.
(Turn your cameras, folks. Seriously.)
Johnson said on his Instagram that he’s looking forward to being a part of something special “for the next three years,” so the Vikings apparently think that Johnson is someone they can build around going forward.
Unlike Floyd, from the looks of things.
So, congratulations are in order for Toby Johnson on his contract extension and his promotion to the Vikings’ active roster. Hopefully he’ll get an opportunity to show us something before the season is over.