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Vikings sign DT Johnson, agree to terms with DE Wootton

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The Canadian Press
3/21/2014 9:15:50 AM
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive tackle Tom Johnson.

The deal was done Thursday. The 29-year-old Johnson spent the last three seasons as a backup with the New Orleans Saints, playing in 40 games plus four more contests in the playoffs while totalling five sacks.

Johnson started his pro career in 2006 as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi, but he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts. Then he spent time in NFL Europe, the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League before finally appearing in an NFL game in 2011.

The addition of Johnson, likely to backup last year's top draft pick Sharrif Floyd, will probably mean the end of an 11-season run in Minnesota by Kevin Williams, who became a free agent.

Meanwhile, free agent defensive end Corey Wootton has also agreed to terms with the Vikings.

Wootton and his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted the agreement on Thursday night. Wootton spent the first four seasons of his career with the division rival Chicago Bears. Wootton has played all 16 games each of the last two seasons when he combined for 10 sacks. He had three sacks last season.

Wootton has a place in Vikings lore. He was the defender who drove Brett Favre into the frozen turf at TCF Bank Stadium in 2010. The hit gave Favre a concussion that prevented the quarterback from playing in the final two games of his career.

Wootton says in his tweet that he is "excited to start a new chapter" in Minnesota.

Tom Johnson (Photo: Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

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