BY SPNW Staff 12:34PM 03/23/2018

Seahawks sign ex-Vikings D-tackle Johnson

Via free agency, the Seahawks have swapped defensive tackles with the Minnesota Vikings to get older and cheaper. NFL Network reported Friday that the Seahawks signed Tom Johnson, 34 in August, to a one-year deal to help replace Sheldon Richardson, 27, who signed a one-year deal for $8 million with the Vikings.

The Seahawks will pay Johnson a $2.1 million base salary, plus incentives that could push the value to $2.7 million.

A 6-3, 288-pounder from Southern Miss, Johnson went undrafted in 2005 and spent time with NFL Europe, the Arena League and the Canadian Football League (Calgary) before joining the New Orleans Saints in 2011. He spent the past four seasons with the Vikings, where he had a career year in 2017 — 15 starts, 32 tackles and two sacks, playing 70 percent of the defensive snaps.

He will add depth behind returning tackles Jarran Reed and Nazair Jones. Also included in the group is Malik McDowell, last season’s top draft pick who has yet to play after a severe concussion following an ATV accident last summer. His availability for 2018 is publicly unknown.

The Seahawks wanted to keep Richardson, who cost them a second-round pick and WR Jermaine Kearse in a trade with the New York Jets before the start of 2017. But upon signing, he said he wanted a prove-it deal with a team that has a chance to win big.

“I wanted the best opportunity to win the Super Bowl and I feel like this is it,” he told reporters in Minneapolis. “With them acquiring (QB Kirk Cousins), talking to him, pluck his brain a little bit . . . done deal.”

Trade for CB C.J. Smith rescinded

Apparently because he failed a physical exam, the trade three days ago with the Cleveland Browns for CB C.J. Smith was rescinded. He was acquired for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2020.

The Seahawks remains in need of depth at the position after releasing CBs Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane, while free agent DeShawn Shead signed with Detroit.


Free agents signed

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 Barkevious Mingo DE $3.4M 2 years, $6.8M
Mar 16 Ed Dickson TE $1.95M 3 years, $14M
Mar 16 Jaron Brown WR $1.3M 2 years, $5.5M
Mar 16 Maurice Alexander S $528K 1 year, $880K
Mar 20 D.J. Fluker OL $3M N/A
Mar 23 Tom Johnson DT $2.33M 1 year, $2.1M
Mar 25 Shamar Stephen DT $823K 1 year / $N/A

Free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 B. McDougald S $1.8M 3 years, $13.95M
Mar 14 Dion Jordan DE $366K 1 year, $1.9M
Mar 14 Justin Coleman CB $615K 1 year, $2.9M
Mar 22 Mike Davis RB $615K 1 year, $ TBA
Mar 22 Marcus Smith DE $990K 1 year, $2.7M

Free agents lost

Date Player Team ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 Jimmy Graham GB $10M 3 years, $30M
Mar 14 Paul Richardson WA $1.4M 5 years, $40M
Mar 14 DeShawn Shead Det $1.2M 1 year, $3.5M
Mar 16 Sheldon Richardson Min $3.6M 1 year, $8M
Mar 21 Luke Willson Det $1.8M 1 year, $2.5M
Mar 23 Matt Tobin NE $872K 1 year, $ N/A

Remaining free agents

Date Player Pos. AAV 2017 Season/Skinny
—– Luke Joeckel LG 8M Missed 5 games with injuries
—– Eddie Lacy RB 4.25M Bust: 179 yards, 0 TDs
—– Michael Wilhoite LB 1.55M Best beard on team
—– Blair Walsh K 1.1M Eight FG misses
—– Oday Aboushi RG 975K Played 8 games before injury
—– Terence Garvin LB 855K Solid special teamer
—– Austin Davis QB 855K Played two snaps, but a veteran
—– Byron Maxwell CB 755K Played well in spurts

*=Includes incentives


  • Ron

    Age 34. Seahawks’ desperation is showing.

    • John M

      Maybe just some insurance . . .

    • art thiel

      Seahawks have done OK with 30+ interior D-linemen. Youth is not essential at the position.

      • Ron

        Like who? Red Bryant is the same age as this guy, and Red has been retired for years.

  • jafabian

    Do the Hawks ever go a season without picking up a Viking?

    • coug73

      Thinking the same thing, ha, ha.

      • art thiel

        Given how well Harvin worked out, why not keep going to the horned-helmet well?

    • Ron

      Today, the Seahawks agreed to terms with another Vikings free agent, tackle Shamar Stephen on a one-year contract.

  • Effzee

    Their signings and moves show me they have really good ideas on who they want to rebuild with in the draft. They are going for the young guns philosophy again, which I am totally for. The only problem is that they set a new mold for the league and its a copycat league, so many more teams are looking for the same types of players that we dominated the Denver Broncos with. If my observations are correct, I’ve seen a ton of guys drafted in the last few years just ahead of the Hawks’ picks that I think the Hawks wanted.

    • art thiel

      But the draft results of the past few years have been mostly unproductive. Another team may have snatched their favored choice, but that happens for every team every year. Gotta have a credible Plan B with each pick.

  • Centiorari

    This signing really concerns me. This old and cheap approach can set back a rebuild if that is what they are trying to do. Your not giving young players who you can extend the game time to get better and therefore worth signing in the future. Next year we will have the same problems we have this year unless the current roster makes a big jump forward, not really a fair expectation for players playing decent, or a someone new, including McDowell, just comes out of the gate with Pro Bowl play. There was a reason they gave up so much for S. Richardson.

    Also, it is one thing for McDaniel or McDonald to come in on a cheap deal and produce at DT for the Hawks when they have Avril and Bennett also on the field with them to draw away blockers but its another thing entirely for us to expect Johnson to do it without them. Even as a Viking he had plenty of star power on the D-line with him to help him. I think Frank Clark is really going to have trouble this season, he is going to have to really earn every sack, who else is worth double teaming anymore? I would not be surprised if his stats go down this year despite playing a lot more snaps.

  • Centiorari

    Every post I make is spam filtered, after you stop laughing is there something I’m doing wrong? I know I tend to have long posts but I don’t advertise, link, or reference anything. Short posts often don’t cover enough angles and can make my observations look like a brash over-reaction without enough thought.

    • art thiel

      We don’t filter for you. and I see you now.

      • Centiorari

        Perhaps it is Disqus that filters it. Obviously the above post wasn’t the one that I intended, however, I gave up after multiple revisions also were blocked. Thanks for the reply.