Vikings, free agent DE Wootton agree to deal
Unrestricted free agent defensive end Corey Wootton signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.
The contract is for one year, according to Wootton’s agent. NFL.com reported that the deal pays Wootton up to $2 million.
Wootton, who is recovering from hip surgery, was with the NFC North rival Chicago Bears for the past four years.
In 15 starts for the Bears last year, Wootton had 34 tackles (eight for loss), three sacks and a forced fumble. He scored a 5-yard touchdown on a blocked punt return against the Tennessee Titans. He played in all 16 regular-season games the past two seasons and had 10 sacks.
Vikings fans know Wootton for his hit in 2010 on quarterback Brett Favre that resulted in a concussion at the end of his career.
Since entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Northwestern, Wootton has 54 tackles, 11.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss in 45 games played.
Vikings sign veteran DL Johnson to 1-year deal
The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive lineman Tom Johnson to a one-year, $845,000 salary plus incentives.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder played as a reserve in 30 games for the New Orleans Saints over the past three seasons, registering 55 tackles and 5.0 sacks.
An end in the Saints’ 3-4 scheme, Johnson can provide versatility in the Vikings’ 4-3 base with the ability to back up three-technique Sharrif Floyd. Floyd, a first-round pick last year, is slated to take over the starting job on the Vikings’ revamped defensive line, which loses end Jared Allen and tackle Kevin Williams, while the team has added veteran nose tackle Linval Joseph while re-signing Everson Griffen and Fred Evans.
Johnson originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts after going undrafted in 2005, but was released in training camp and out of football before re-signing with the Colts the following offseason.
He was assigned to NFL Europe, matriculated to the Arena League in 2008 and spent two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL before hooking on with the Saints in 2011.