Updated: 03/20/2014 12:40 PM
Created: 03/20/2014 12:08 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert
The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive tackle Tom Johnson, multiple reports said Thursday. ESPN's Ben Goessling said the signing of the former New Orleans Saints player is waiting for the results of a physical. The deal is for one year.
Goessling said Johnson will receive a $646,000 base salary, a $100,000 roster bonus, a $50,000 signing and $50,000 workout bonus, and the chance to make another $600,000 through incentives. That's a grand total of just over $1.4 million.
Johnson, 29, played 40 games for the Saints from 2011-13 and registered 55 combined tackles and 5 sacks. He was a part of the 3-4 defense there as a defensive end.
Goessling said the Cowboys, Bears, Dolphins, and Seahawks also had interest in Johnson.
#Vikings' deal with Tom Johnson is done. He's taking a physical today, according to league source.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) March 20, 2014
Johnson could be used in a three-technique defense with Minnesota, meaning there might not be room for Kevin Williams on the defensive line. The Vikings have already moved on from veteran Jared Allen.