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Charlie Johnson | Guard | #74

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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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3Seth Lobato
4Christian Ponder
5Bryan Bennett
6Jerry Lovelocke
7Chandler Harnish
8Chase Rettig
9Cody Fajardo
10R.J. Archer
11Bryn Renner
12Shane Carden
13Jake Heaps
14Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2LaMichael James
3Trent Richardson
4Isaiah Pead
5Zurlon Tipton
6Alonzo Harris
7Josh Harris
8Storm Johnson
9Antone Smith
10Daniel Thomas
11Jeremy Stewart
12Michael Dyer
13Jerome Smith
14Kenneth Harper
15Jawon Chisholm
16Keshawn Hill
17Lache Seastrunk
18LaVance Taylor
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Erik Lorig
3Joe Don Duncan
4Henry Hynoski
5Brad Smelley
6J.C. Copeland
7Emil Igwenagu
8Zach Boren
9Jordan Campbell
10Kiero Small
11John Conner
WR11Jacoby Ford
2Preston Parker
3Kris Durham
4Josh Morgan
5T.J. Graham
6Seantavius Jones
7Miles Austin
8Vincent Brown
9Carlton Mitchell
10Armon Binns
11Reggie Dunn
12Ricky Collins
13Zach D'Orazio
14Kenzel Doe
15Tevin Reese
16Solomon Patton
17Damian Williams
18Aldrick Robinson
19Lance Lewis
20Josh Stewart
21L'Damian Washington
22Travis Labhart
23Donatella Luckett
24Josh Harper
25Marquez Clark
26David Porter
27DaVaris Daniels
28Tyler McDonald
29Ezell Ruffin
WR21Marcus Thigpen
2Ace Sanders
3Riley Cooper
4Denarius Moore
5Joe Morgan
6Ryan Broyles
7Jacoby Jones
8Rico Richardson
9Emory Blake
10A.J. Jenkins
11Mike Brown
12Saalim Hakim
13Onterio McCalebb
14Tandon Doss
15Austin Pettis
16Devon Wylie
17Jimmie Hunt
18Devante Davis
19Milton Williams III
20Daniel Rodriguez
21James Butler
22Phil Bates
23Ryan Lankford
24Ryan Whalen
25Michael Preston
26Clyde Gates
27Tom Nelson
28Trindon Holliday
29Demetrius Wilson
30Josh Reese
31Trevor Harman
32Juron Criner
33Paul Browning
WR31Riley Cooper
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2Matthew Mulligan
3Mickey Shuler
4Kyle Miller
5Orson Charles
6Richard Gordon
7Chase Dixon
8Jimmay Mundine
9Steve Maneri
10D.J. Williams
11David Paulson
12Gerell Robinson
13Brandon Barden
14Jake Murphy
15Ryan Taylor
16Brett Brackett
17Michael Egnew
18Dan Light
LT1Will Beatty
2Jason Fox
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Brian De La Puente
RG1Todd Herremans
2Jahri Evans
3Geoff Schwartz
K1Josh Scobee
2Brandon Bogotay
3Carey Spear
4Michael Palardy
5Billy Cundiff
6Andrew Furney
7Mike Meyer
8Justin Manton
9Patrick Murray