The Minnesota Vikings signed Tom Johnson to provide depth and a veteran presence at defensive tackle. Johnson was not a lock to make the Vikings 2014 roster, but was considered highly likely to do so.
In his first season with the Vikings, he had his best season as a professional. He was the first three in a reserve role for the New Orleans Saints. He served the same role for the Vikings, but saw increased reps with the Vikings.
He finished the season with a career-high 6.5 sacks as well as had the second most total tackles, solo tackles and assisted tackles. He also forced the second fumble of his career. He earned two starts — the first of his career — when second-year pro Sharrif Floyd was injured.
Jersey Number: 92. Height: 6-3. Weight: 288. Age: 30. Experience: 4 years. College: Southern Mississippi.
The Vikings and Johnson should do everything they can to stay together. Johnson excelled in first-year head coach Mike Zimmer’s system. He had a very nondescript career entering the season after spending time in NFL Europe, the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League.
For the Vikings, they are not going to find a better fit to back up Floyd than Johnson. While there are players in similar situations to Johnson, none of them have played in Zimmer’s system and in Minnesota.
Reports indicate Johnson is looking for a multi-year contract, which could throw a little wrench in the plans. At 31-years-old for the 2015 season, the Vikings will probably not want to go longer than a two-year deal.