Jun 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Justin Trattou (69) during the Giants minicamp at their training facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Vikings Sign DE Justin Trattou, Release DE George Johnson


Today, the Vikings signed defensive end Justin Trattou to their active 53 man roster.  Trattou played his college football at the University of Florida and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants in 2011.  Since then, he has played just three defensive snaps for the Giants prior to his release.  If Trattou is active on game day, look for him to be primarily a special teams player.

Jun 11, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end George Johnson (92) leaves the field after the Minnesota Vikings Minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

To make room for Trattou, the Vikings released defensive end George Johnson.  Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers in 2010 before being picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He landed on injured reserve in 2011 and the Vikings signed him in 2012 .  He was an active member of the 53 man roster prior to his release.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    Wonder if there was any issues with Freeman and that’s why he was released? Just a thought?

    • Adam B. Carlson

      I hadn’t thought of that. Interesting. You never know though.

    • Bob E.

      I would assume it’s just a coincidence but, you never know.