August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings no longer frontrunners to sign Michael Johnson

The Minnesota Vikings went ahead and re-sign defensive end Everson Griffin on Sunday which means that they’ve effectively found their replacement for the exiting Jared Allen, who noted that he’s not returning to the Vikings in 2014.

But while the re-signing of Griffin is a nice replacement for Allen, it seems to have thrown the Vikings pursuit of free agent defensive end Michael Johnson out of whack a little. According to ESPN1500’s Darren Wolfson, the Vikings remain open to the idea of adding Johnson still, but league sources believe he’s heading elsewhere now.

There is still a chance that the Vikings can land Johnson as a starter, despite the fact that they’ve sunk major dollars into both defensive ends they currently have. Brian Robison may be moved to outside linebacker in Mike Zimmer’s new defense, and that would allowJohnson to take up a spot on the defensive line as a starter.

It’s not a lock that he won’t be in Minnesota this season, but the Vikings are now no longer the front runners to add Johnson.

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