After getting cut by the Texans last week, Roderick Johnson has earned his first work out since becoming a free agent. The veteran offensive lineman auditioned for the Vikings today, reports ESPN’s Field Yates (via Twitter).
Johnson, a fifth-round pick by the Browns in 2017, had spent the majority of his career in Houston. After getting into only one game through his first two years in the NFL, the lineman saw a larger role in both 2019 and 2020. Johnson got into 28 games (with six starts) through those two seasons, including a 2020 campaign where he appeared in 245 offensive snaps.
The 25-year-old re-signed with the Texans this offseason, collecting $350K in fully guaranteed cash. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this month, and he earned his walking papers after getting activated.
Vikings first-round pick Christian Darrisaw is sidelined after undergoing a second surgery on his groin, keeping him off the field indefinitely. Minnesota also recently let go of offensive tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk, so it makes sense that the front office is in the market for some reinforcement at the position.
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