Former Minnesota Vikings receiver joining Teddy Bridgewater in New York

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Charles Johnson
(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Charles Johnson /

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson has agreed to a deal with the New York Jets for the 2018 NFL season.

After the 2014 season, the Minnesota Vikings thought they had struck gold with a young wide receiver by the name of Charles Johnson. A 2013 seventh-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers, Johnson caught 31 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns in 12 appearances with the Vikings in 2014.

Heading into his second season with Minnesota, expectations were high for the 26-year-old receiver. With his speed (4.38 40-yard dash time) and size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), Johnson was supposed to be the Vikings’ deep threat.

However, he only managed to catch a total of 29 passes during his next two years with Minnesota and the team did not re-sign him when he became a free-agent in 2017.

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Johnson did end up agreeing to a contract with the Carolina Panthers last season, but he did not appear in any games due to a knee injury.

A free-agent again this offseason, the receiver’s career in the NFL doesn’t appear to be over just yet. On Monday, the New York Jets announced that Johnson had signed a deal to join their 2018 roster.

The Jets are the fifth organization the receiver has been a part of since he entered the league in 2013. Will this be where it finally comes together for Johnson and he lives up to his potential?

At least he will have an old friend in the New York locker room this year in former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The last touchdown Johnson caught in a Minnesota uniform was actually a pass thrown by Bridgewater in a 2016 preseason matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Could this connection be revitalized with the Jets this year?