Seeking an additional roster spot, the Seattle Seahawks took a major risk when they released starting defensive tackle Tom Johnson on Saturday morning prior to taking off for last night's game in Chicago.
Unfortunately for the Seahawks, the gamble didn't pay off, as Johnson reportedly will re-sign with the Vikings on a one-year deal per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. With the new agreement, he's set to "double dip" and earn more than $3 million earning payouts from both teams.
Seattle signed the 34-year old Johnson as a free agent in March to a one-year contract worth up to $2.1 million. Known for his pass rushing ability from the interior, he recorded 16.0 sacks during the past four years for the Vikings and the Seahawks anticipated he would help offset the departures of Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, and Sheldon Richardson.
But with multiple injuries striking the secondary at once, including Delano Hill suffering a hip injury in practice, Seattle felt it needed to promote safety Shalom Luani from the practice squad for special teams purposes. Despite the fact his salary became guaranteed after being on the roster for the first week of the regular season, the Seahawks opted to cut Johnson, with coach Pete Carroll saying there "definitely could be a chance" for him to re-sign with the team this week.
Instead, Seattle will now have to face Johnson as an opponent when the Vikings come to CenturyLink Field in early November. And he'll likely be lining up next to Richardson, who the Seahawks allowed to walk during free agency after trading a second-round pick to the Jets to acquire him in September 2017.
Adding insult to injury, Seattle already paid over a million dollars for Johnson to make one tackle in one game with the team and Lunai didn't play a single snap against the Bears on Monday night. There's only one clear loser from this entire ordeal and it's the Seahawks, who will have to pay Johnson while he's also drawing paychecks from the Vikings for the remainder of the season.