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Charlie Johnson | Guard | #74

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/2/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 305
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 6 (199) / IND
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Vikings released OG Charlie Johnson.
A 14-game starter on Minnesota's beleaguered line last season, Johnson graded out 56th among 78 guards in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Johnson isn't a high-level blocker, but does have the capability of playing both guard and tackle. The 31-year-old (in May) would make a nice swing lineman elsewhere. Fri, Feb 27, 2015 02:13:00 PM

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Vikings LG Charlie Johnson is a candidate for offseason release.

Johnson has missed the last two games due to injury and struggled when in the starting lineup. He's due a non-guaranteed $2.5 million in 2015. The Vikings will almost certainly move on from Johnson this offseason.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 03:34:00 PM

Vikings re-signed LG Charlie Johnson to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

Johnson has struggled to play above replacement-level the last three seasons and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 48 guard in 2013. He won't be guaranteed a starting job, but provides the Vikings with a veteran option if they fail to upgrade through the draft. Johnson, 30, is also capable of playing tackle and would be best suited for a "swing" role.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 04:49:00 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he would like to re-sign free agent LG Charlie Johnson.

Johnson has started 47-of-48 games the past three seasons for the Vikings, but won't be guaranteed the left guard job if he re-signs. He graded out negatively in both run blocking and pass protection last year, and is best suited for a "swing" role. Johnson turns 30 this offseason and should be limited to one-year deals.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 06:42:00 PM

Vikings LG Charlie Johnson's contract has voided, making him a free agent.

Johnson, 30 in May, restructured his deal last offseason, which gave the Vikings cap relief and allowed Johnson to hit the open market this spring. He's started 47-of-48 games the past three seasons but is a bit undersized at 6-foot-4, 305. Johnson's ability to play both tackle and guard should help out his market. He's best suited for a "swing" role or part of a "jumbo" package.
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Vikings LG Charlie Johnson (elbow) expects to return for Week 11.

Johnson missed last Thursday's win over the Redskins. Joe Berger filled in at left guard. Johnson has graded out well-below average in Pro Football Focus' ratings this season.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 02:32:00 PM

Vikings LG Charlie Johnson has agreed to restructure his contract.

The new deal lowers Johnson's base salary by $500,000 and reduces his 2013 cap number to $3.85 million. While it doesn't give the Vikings much financial relief, it's a necessary move after Johnson vastly underperformed last season. He could face competition for his starting job.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Vikings LG Charlie Johnson is a candidate for release.

Johnson has started all 32 games since joining the Vikings prior to the 2011 season, 16 at left tackle and 16 at left guard after the team drafted Matt Kalil. Johnson is due a $500,000 roster bonus on March 16, in addition to a $2.95 million salary. The Vikings could save $2.55M in cap space with his release.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman made it clear that Charlie Johnson will move to left guard now that Matt Kalil is taking over as the left tackle.

It's a no-brainer. Kalil is a prototypical blindside protector while Johnson struggled to keep edge rushers away from Christian Ponder last season. Johnson is adequate on the interior, but he's still a downgrade from Steve Hutchinson.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 12:09:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Lombardi fully expects the Vikings to draft a left tackle with the No. 3 overall pick.

"They're not gonna go back with Charlie Johnson at left tackle," Lombardi insisted. "They'll pass on a receiver in order to get the left tackle. They can't block anybody." Christian Ponder has been oft-injured dating back to college, and the Vikings are well positioned to get Matt Kalil or Riley Reiff, the latter of whom is Mike Mayock's top-rated left tackle for 2012. Lombardi points out that Jeff Fisher and Mike Shanahan are "very close," and if there is a trade in the top five, he expects it to involve the Redskins and the Rams.
Thu, Feb 9, 2012 11:38:00 AM

The Vikings are expected to consider moving LT Charlie Johnson to guard in 2012.

He sounds open to it. "As long as I'm in the lineup and playing on Sunday and helping this team win it doesn't matter," said Johnson. Johnson is a well below-average left tackle, but was much better at left guard in 2008 with the Colts. Moving Johnson would allow the Vikings to target a blind-side upgrade in the draft or free agency. The Vikes should have a shot at USC LT Matt Kalil with the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 08:19:00 PM

Vikings LT Charlie Johnson does not have a tear in his triceps.

Johnson went down in the fourth quarter of last week's loss in Kansas City and couldn't return. The Vikings kicked the tires on free agent Max Starks, but it looks like Donovan McNabb's blindside protector is going to be fine. Regardless, Johnson remains a poor bet to be effective.
Wed, Oct 5, 2011 12:49:00 PM

Vikings LT Charlie Johnson suffered a triceps injury in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

Johnson suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter. "I tried to come back, but I couldn't do it," he said. "I think I'll be o.k." Johnson may miss some practice this week, but sounds like he should be active against the Cardinals next Sunday. It's good news for a sluggish Arizona pass rush.
Mon, Oct 3, 2011 12:36:00 PM

Vikings LT Charlie Johnson has shown "marked improvement" since the opening of training camp.

Johnson is never going to be anyone's idea of the picture perfect-blindside tackle, but at least he's no longer doing his turnstile impression in practices. The Vikes' offensive line may not torpedo this offense after all.
Fri, Sep 9, 2011 11:16:00 AM

Vikings LT Charlie Johnson was "beaten badly" by Seahawks DE Raheem Brock on a first quarter sack of Donovan McNabb on Saturday night.

It's notable because Johnson has reportedly looked awful in practice, and is beginning to create serious doubt about whether or not he should be the Vikings' Week 1 blindside protector. Now would be a great time for free agent OT Bryant McKinnie to commit to getting in shape.
Sun, Aug 21, 2011 09:32:00 AM

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