Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) reacts during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings likely to sign Michael Johnson?


NFL free agency opens in under month and teams are starting to scope out potential free agent signings that they can possibly pull off. One of the most obvious free agent fits from the start has been the Minnesota Vikings and defensive end Michael Johnson.

Johnson is an unrestricted free agent this year after being franchise tagged by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013. His former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer just so happens to be the new head coach of a team needy for defensive end help, meaning Johnson could come sprinting to the rescue.

As we near fee agency, this idea is going to be latched onto by more and more people, but it’s really made sense from the start. Johnson is a beast of a defensive end and already fit Mike Zimmer’s schemes once and can flourish in Minnesota.

The Vikings also have about $20 million in cap room and even more if the cap is raised to $132 million like reported. Johnson to Minnesota is looking more and more likely as the days go by.

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  • 3kolu

    The initial reports for the cap were at $126 million with the Vikings $23 million under. Then, it was predicted that the cap would be $130 million, which would put the Vikes at $27 million, and now it’s reported to be at $132 million with the Vikings at $20 million under. And, this doesn’t take into account that the Vikings will most likely restructure Chad Greenways’ contract and possibly even release him. Also, Letroy Guion is also a candidate for restructure but, stands a higher chance of being released than Greenway. John Carlson is another contract that needs to be scrutinized as well. Arguably, we could be $40 million under the cap. We could easily sign Johnson or our own free agent DE Everson Griffen. And, then we could go after some other elite free agents

  • David Mallow

    Right now the Vikings are 32 million under the cap, which is actuall really good shape for them to grab at least 2 top FAs and 2 or 3 mid grade FAs. But if Spielman lets Zimmer and Turner give their opinions as I believe he will, then could land some good ones.. Verner, Johnson, also Linval Joseph, wont be very expensive, S Nate Allen is worth a look and one more I would grab with these other guys G Jon Asamoah…. they will release Carlson saving 2 million and Guion saving another 3.3 or close to that anyways… if they cut these two and restructure Greenway they will be right around 38 – 40 million to get whatever they want in FA… its exciting to finally have some money to improve the team.

  • Cool Jack

    The VBud Grantikings now will have more for me too cheer for….

  • Justin Huffman

    There are a few ways the Vikings may go this off season. Some teams who are too close or over the cap may cut some big names or potential great players. So the Vikings may be on the lookout right now for that as well. I mean Thomas DcCoud from Atlanta got cut, had two pro bowl years in a row then had 1 bad year where it seemed everyone in Atlanta had a bad year, and he got cut today, Guy is only 28. Verner may demand a somewhat priced contract but once again, he probably has the most upside out of the CB FA class with him only being 25 years old and being productive while still growing as a player. Johnson was kind of a disappointing last year, only getting a few sacks the whole season and now going to demand a high contract? His play last year doesn’t deserve it.