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Charlie Johnson | Guard | #74

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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4Bryan Bennett
5G.J. Kinne
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8Seth Lobato
9Christian Ponder
10Bryn Renner
11Ryan Williams
12Tim Tebow
13Brad Sorensen
14McLeod Bethel-Thompson
15Matt Blanchard
16Pat Devlin
17R.J. Archer
18Garrett Gilbert
19Cody Fajardo
20Shane Carden
21Griffin Neal
22Chase Rettig
23Chandler Harnish
24Jerry Lovelocke
25Jake Waters
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2Joseph Randle
3Toby Gerhart
4Zurlon Tipton
5LaMichael James
6Alonzo Harris
7Joique Bell
8Antone Smith
9Josh Harris
10Anthony Dixon
11Rajion Neal
12Ross Scheuerman
13Kenneth Harper
14Jawon Chisholm
15Brandon Ross
16Jerome Smith
17Michael Dyer
18Jeremy Stewart
19LaVance Taylor
20Lache Seastrunk
21Keshawn Hill
22Kevin Monangai
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2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
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2Jorvorskie Lane
3Erik Lorig
4Joe Don Duncan
5Ryan Mueller
6Henry Hynoski
7Derrick Coleman
8Trey Millard
9Brad Smelley
10Abou Toure
11Jordan Campbell
12Emil Igwenagu
13Zach Boren
14Kiero Small
15J.C. Copeland
16John Conner
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3Andre Johnson
4Miles Austin
5Dwayne Bowe
6Preston Parker
7Kris Durham
8Josh Morgan
9Jacoby Ford
10Tyler Davis
11Tevin Reese
12Ricky Collins
13Zach D'Orazio
14Kenzel Doe
15Damaris Johnson
16Robert Herron
17Solomon Patton
18Damian Williams
19Reggie Dunn
20Armon Binns
21Carlton Mitchell
22Nick Harwell
23Kain Colter
24Jeff Beathard
25DaVaris Daniels
26Tyler McDonald
27Ezell Ruffin
28Travis Labhart
29Donatella Luckett
30Lance Lewis
31Joseph Anderson
32Josh Stewart
33Quenton Bundrage
34Josh Harper
35Marquez Clark
36L'Damian Washington
37David Porter
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2Roddy White
3Ace Sanders
4Riley Cooper
5Marcus Thigpen
6Denarius Moore
7Joe Morgan
8Austin Pettis
9Ryan Broyles
10Jacoby Jones
11A.J. Jenkins
12Emory Blake
13Onterio McCalebb
14Tandon Doss
15Mike Brown
16Devante Davis
17Jimmie Hunt
18Devon Wylie
19Marlon Brown
20Phil Bates
21Ryan Lankford
22Milton Williams III
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24Isiah Ferguson
25Daniel Rodriguez
26James Butler
27Marcus Harris
28Ryan Whalen
29Clyde Gates
30Tom Nelson
31Paul Browning
32Austin Willis
33Andre Davis
34Demetrius Wilson
35Josh Reese
36Trevor Harman
37Saalim Hakim
38Juron Criner
39Chris King
40Trindon Holliday
41Christion Jones
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3Riley Cooper
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2Scott Chandler
3Dante Rosario
4Kyle Miller
5Chase Ford
6Beau Gardner
7Mickey Shuler
8D.J. Williams
9Rob Blanchflower
10Jacob Maxwell
11Mike McFarland
12Nick Kasa
13Richard Gordon
14Chase Dixon
15Cameron Clear
16David Paulson
17Steve Maneri
18Jimmay Mundine
19Brandon Barden
20Kevin Greene
21Gerell Robinson
22Dan Light
23Jordan Thompson
24Jay Rome
25Jake Murphy
26Ryan Taylor
27Brett Brackett
28Michael Egnew
29Adrien Robinson
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5Will Beatty
6Micah Hatchie
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8Luke Marquardt
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8Darren Keyton
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