Vikings release guard Charlie Johnson

In a week when several NFL veterans have been released for salary-cap purposes, the Vikings followed suit with the release of guard Charlie Johnson.

The Vikings announced the release of veteran guard Charlie Johnson, who was set to count $2.5 million against the team’s 2015 salary cap.

Johnson started all 14 games he played for the Vikings in 2014, but his release wasn’t unexpected given his decline in effectiveness and the fact that he will 31 years old before the 2015 season.

Johnson played in 90 percent of the team’s offensive snaps last year, but played sparingly on special teams. He missed two games in December with injury.

He has played nine NFL seasons, including his last four with the Vikings, where he never started less than the 14 games he did in 2014.

For his career, he has started 115 of his 134 regular-season games and six of 11 playoff games. He became a full-time starter for the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 and joined the Vikings in 2011, first taking over at left tackle when Bryant McKinnie was released in training camp and then moving to left guard, where he has been since 2012.


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