Free Agency-Vikings Capsule
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Anthony Barr, DT Sheldon Richardson, RB Latavius Murray, CB/PR Marcus Sherels, K Dan Bailey, DT Tom Johnson, G Tom Compton, G Nick Easton, WR Aldrick Robinson, QB...
Defensive adjustments have fueled recent surge by Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's fumble gave Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions a fresh set of downs early in the fourth quarter two weeks ago, another opportunity to start climbing back into the game.
Though they held an 11-point lead, the Vikings had been unable to pull away. On the first play after the change of possession, Stafford faked a handoff to Kerryon Johnson and rolled out to his right.
Vikings place rookie CB Hughes on IR, re-sign DT Parry
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed cornerback Mike Hughes on injured reserve, following the ACL injury to the rookie's left knee that will keep him out for the remainder of the season.
Vikings re-sign DT Tom Johnson for more depth
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive tackle Tom Johnson, bringing back one of their starters last season for more depth up front.
Johnson's contract was finalized Wednesday, when the Vikings waived defensive tackle David Parry to make room. Johnson was a key offseason addition in free agency by Seattle, but the Seahawks surprisingly released him last week to promote safety Shalom Luani from their practice squad. Luani did not play in their last game.
Seahawks Preview Capsule
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-7)
New faces: RB Rashaad Penny, OL D.J. Fluker, WR Jaron Brown, WR Brandon Marshall, TE Ed Dickson, TE Will Dissly, DT Tom Johnson, DT Shamar Stephen, LB Barkevious Mingo, LB Shaquem Griffin, DE Rasheem Green, QB Brett Hundley, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., offensive line coach Mike Solari.
Key losses: TE Jimmy Graham, WR Paul Richardson, RB Eddie Lacy, DE Michael Bennett, DE Cliff Avril, SS Kam Chancellor, CB Richard Sherman.
Vikings Preview Capsule
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14-4)
New faces: Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, QB Kirk Cousins, DT Sheldon Richardson, PK Daniel Carlson, CB/KR Mike Hughes, C/G Brett Jones, SS George Iloka, WR Kendall Wright, OL Tom Compton, QB Trevor Siemian, OT Brian O'Neill.
Key losses: Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, QB Case Keenum, QB Sam Bradford, QB Teddy Bridgewater, RB Jerick McKinnon, G/C Joe Berger, PK Kai Forbath, WR Jarius Wright, DT Tom Johnson, DT Shamar Stephen, OL Jeremiah Sirles.
Ex-Vikings Johnson, Stephen finding fit with Seahawks
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — As the Seahawks try to keep their defense playing at its traditionally high level despite the absence of five former Pro Bowl selections, a pair of veteran additions from Minnesota along the defensive line could help steady the ship.
Seahawks Training Camp Capsule
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
Two former Vikings found new homes through free agency Friday.
Tom Johnson, a Vikings defensive tackle for the past four seasons, agreed to a one-year deal with Seattle worth up to $2.7 million, a league source confirmed to the Star Tribune. NFL Media first reported the agreement. Offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles has joined Carolina on a one-year deal.
Seahawks sign DT Tom Johnson, bring back DE Marcus Smith
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks added needed depth on their defensive line by signing veteran defensive tackle Tom Johnson and bringing back defensive end Marcus Smith.
The Seahawks are thin up front with the trade of Michael Bennett to Philadelphia and the loss of Sheldon Richardson in free agency. Johnson provides the Seahawks a solid veteran at defensive tackle who played on one of the premier defenses in the NFL last season.
Indications are the Vikings want to retain at least half of their own free agents. Heres a look:
Terence Newman, CB: King among the Vikings free agents, he will play a 16th NFL season at age 40.
Marcus Sherels, CB: One of the most consistent NFL punt returners will likely stay in Minnesota via an extension.
Joe Berger, G/C: Turning 36 in May, the linchpin wondered if hed have suitors. He will, and the Vikings, Giants and Panthers are among them.
Minnesota Vikings free agency capsule
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14-4)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QBs Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater; RB Jerick McKinnon; WR Michael Floyd; RG Joe Berger; DTs Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen; LB Emmanuel Lamur; CBs Terence Newman, Marcus Sherels and Tramaine Brock; PK Kai Forbath.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: OL Jeremiah Sirles; LG Nick Easton; SS Anthony Harris.
Among the oldest golf courses in Nebraska, the Norfolk Country Club is undergoing a youth movement of sorts in hopes of bolstering its time-honored traditions.
In December, the club hired 30-year-old Gil Russell as its general manager. He, in turn, hired 29-year-old Tom Johnson as the golf pro a month ago.
If youve covered the Vikings for ages, you might one day have found yourself in Brett Favres hometown of Kiln, Miss., staring at confederate flags and bras hanging from rafters of a bar named The Broke Spoke.
You might have seen Brett Favres mother dancing, beer in hand, in a parking lot at the gas station where Brett is depicted in a painted panorama.
For Stephen Weatherly, Vikings’ Renaissance man, football is only part of the story
The minutes before meetings in the Vikings defensive line room are time for casual chatter, for the members of what might be the NFLs best defensive front to get to know one another.
How the Panthers schemed the Vikings into giving up their two longest runs of the season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Panthers were facing the NFLs stingiest third-down defense when they walked to the line of scrimmage for their third snap of Sundays 31-24 win over the Vikings at Bank of America Stadium.
That, said defensive tackle Tom Johnson, is a situation we take a lot of pride in stopping.
It was third-and-1 from the Carolina 40-yard line when 325-pound rookie tackle Taylor Morton reported as an eligible receiver and lined up to the right of 330-pound right tackle Daryl Williams.
Vikings DT Tom Johnson assumes unsung stalwart role once held by Gary Larsen
There are 11 players who made their careers with the Vikings in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and four are defensive linemen: Alan Page, Carl Eller, John Randle and Chris Doleman.
Jared Allen will make it in due time, and he spent six of his 11 NFL seasons and had 85andfrac12; of his 136 sacks with the Vikings. And some day, the veterans committee will do the right thing for Jim Marshall, as it finally did for Mick Tingelhoff, and the NFLs ironman of line combat will gain a place in Canton.
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The pied piper of the Vikings locker room strolled in still beaming about the birth of his third son on Thanksgiving Day.
For the record, Everson Griffen and his wife, Tiffany, settled on Sebastian Gregory for the boy’s name over those that poured in over social media after Griffen crowd-sourced the national television audience of Minnesota’s holiday victory over the Detroit Lions by revealing a T-shirt message that solicited names.
Vikings shut down Todd Gurley, which means the Vikings shut down the Rams
To stop Jared Goff and the Rams No. 1-ranked scoring offense Sunday, the Vikings felt they needed to stop the man next to Goff running back Todd Gurley.
They did just that in the Vikings 24-7 drubbing of Los Angeles.
We stopped the run, nose tackle Linval Joseph said. At the end of the day, I feel like they are based off the bootleg and the run. If you stop the run, then you stop the bootleg. You pretty much have them bottled up.
Griffen, Vikings’ defensive line pose challenge for Redskins
LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Everson Griffen doesn't take much credit for his place in NFL history.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end joined pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only three players with a sack in each of his team's first eight games of the season since the league began tracking the stat in 1982. Griffen talks like a chunk of his 10 sacks belong to fellow linemen Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph.
Griffen, Vikings’ defensive line pose challenge for Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Everson Griffen doesn't take much credit for his place in NFL history.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end joined stud pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only three players with a sack in each of his team's first eight games of the season since the league began tracking the stat in 1982. Griffen talks like a chunk of his 10 sacks belong to fellow linemen Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph.
NFL: Minnesota Vikings determined not to fall apart after bye this time
Defensive tackle Tom Johnson doesn't deny it. The Vikings got caught up last year in reading their press clippings.
The Vikings were 5-0 entering the bye week, and all sorts of good things were being said and written about them. Then they collapsed, losing four straight games and eight of their final 11 to finish 8-8 and miss out on the playoffs.
Vikings’ Tom Johnson traveled the globe, including NFL Europe, to get here
Tom Johnson, and really the entire Vikings defense, has been moving too quickly for much nostalgia.
But at least Johnson has plenty of reason to look back this week as he returns to Europe for the first time since he was a Cologne Centurion. A decade ago, Johnson was a 23-year-old undrafted kid from Moss Point, Miss., assigned by the Colts to NFL Europe, where he spent the 2007 season keeping the dream alive under midlevel ex-college coaches in a foreign country.
Vikings keep Bradford, 4 other starters out of practice
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have five starters with injury concerns going into the game against Green Bay.
Quarterback Sam Bradford (knee), wide receiver Stefon Diggs (groin), strong safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), left guard Nick Easton (calf) and defensive tackle Tom Johnson (knee) were all held out of practice on Wednesday.
Vikings place Tom Johnson on injured reserve with hamstring
EDEN PRAIRE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed defensive tackle Tom Johnson on injured reserve with an injured right hamstring.
The Vikings announced the move on Tuesday, meaning Johnson will miss the final two games of the regular season. Johnson has solidified himself as a versatile and valuable contributor on the defensive line. He had 17 tackles, two sacks and an interception in 14 games this season for one of the league's best defenses.
Texans’ Joseph fined $24K by NFL for unnecessary roughness
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph has been fined $24,309 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in the Texans' 27-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City last Monday night.
Joseph was called for a penalty late in the third quarter after he tackled tight end Clive Walford, who made an 11-yard catch. The penalty helped lead the Raiders to a field goal.