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Tom Johnson Signs One-Year Deal With Seahawks

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The defensive tackle is heading to Seattle after four seasons with the Vikings.

NFL: NFC Divisional Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
Johnson was a bargain for the Vikings; now Seattle hopes he’ll be a bargain for them.
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A week after signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson away from Seattle, the Seahawks have returned the favor on the Vikings.

But the salaries will be just a bit different.

After Richardson officially became a Viking last Friday, the writing was on the wall for 33-year-old unrestricted free agent Tom Johnson. So why not head to a team that had a void at defensive tackle...like the one in Seattle after Richardson left? According to multiple reports, Johnson’s deal with the Seahawks is for one year and up to $2.7 million. Chris Tomasson explains the overall structure:

While Johnson has never been as highly heralded as Richardson, he was an absolute steal during his four seasons with the Vikings. He played in 65 of a possible 67 games, starting 27 including the playoffs. Johnson accumulated 16 sacks and was an important rotational defensive tackle until starting all but one game in 2017. The grand total that the Vikings paid Johnson over those four seasons: $7.845 million. That’s what you can an absolute steal.

Unfortunately with a crowded roster at his position and Johnson’s advanced age (he turns 34 in August), he became expendable. But there is little doubt that Johnson could be just as much of a bargain in Seattle as he was in Minnesota over the past four years. Best of luck to “Sebastian Thunderbucket” with the Seahawks—except, of course, the week where the Vikings come to visit in 2018.