Vikings re-sign Jaymar Johnson to one-year deal; 20 still unsigned
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Cross another name off the Minnesota Vikings' list of potential free agents.
The team has re-signed receiver Jaymar Johnson to a one-year, $405,000 contract.
Johnson, 26, has appeared in only six games and caught one pass since the Vikings drafted him in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2008 draft. He missed all of last season after breaking a thumb in the exhibition opener at St. Louis and had no negotiating power as an exclusive-rights free agent.
Not including linebacker Chad Greenway, who received the franchise tag on Monday, there now are 20 unsigned players who finished last season on the Vikings' active roster or injured reserve. It's unclear how many of them could become unrestricted or restricted free agents, since those rules will be dictated by the next collective-bargaining agreement.
The unsigned players are: quarterback Brett Favre (20 years in the NFL), place-kicker Ryan Longwell (14), defensive tackle Pat Williams (14), linebacker Ben Leber (nine), cornerback Lito Sheppard (nine), cornerback Frank Walker (eight), quarterback Patrick Ramsey (eight), receiver Greg Lewis (eight), receiver Hank Baskett (five), offensive lineman Ryan Cook (five), end Ray Edwards (five), defensive tackle Fred Evans (five), quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (five), fullback Naufahu Tahi (five), safety Eric Frampton (four), receiver Sidney Rice (four), end Brian Robison (four), safety Husain Abdullah (three), linebacker Erin Henderson (three) and halfback Albert Young (two).
Favre is expected to retire, and coach Leslie Frazier has made clear he doesn't intend to ask the veteran to return. Vikings vice presidents Rick Spielman and Rob Brzezinski on Thursday began meeting with agents for the other players here at the NFL scouting combine.
Rice's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment about his client's situation on Friday morning. According to NFL sources, the agent for Leber and Robison is expected to meet with the Vikings on Friday afternoon, and meetings will continue through at least Saturday.