The Vikings signed free agent offensive tackle Charlie Johnson this morning. Johnson, who played college football at Oklahoma State, was a sixth-round pick by Indianapolis in 2006.
The 27-year-old has played in 73 career games, starting 54 of those. Johnson, 6-4, 305 pounds, appeared in 10 playoff games with the Colts.
Johnson started 15 games at left tackle last season (for the Colts) and 12 in 2009. In 2008, he started 12 games at left guard and four at left tackle. It will be interesting to see where the Vikings have him working on an offensive line that has some question marks. (Among them is that right guard Anthony Herrera is expected to open camp on the physically unable to perform list.)
This move puts the Vikings at the maximum 90 players that can be at training camp. This is a FANTASTIC signing. The Vikings have been short on offensive line depth and Johnson could even push McKinnie to perform or get benched. Ideally (in my book) Johnson plays right guard this year and is a potential replacement for McKinnie next off season. McKinnie has a contract that over pays him for his performance. Great signing Vikes! SKOL