Johnson was waived Tuesday after undergoing surgery on his right knee, according to Max Henson of the team's official site. He'll need to either agree to an injury settlement or be one of the two players the Panthers activate off IR in order to have a chance at playing in 2017.
Johnson (knee) was waived/injured by the Panthers on Tuesday.
Johnson was just picked up as a free agent by Carolina in March, but his mediocre play combined with his knee injury are reasons he's headed for the waiver wire. During the 2016 season, Johnson racked up 20 receptions on 37 targets for 232 yards and zero touchdowns. If Johnson clears waivers, he'll end up on the Panthers' injured reserve.
Drafted in the seventh round by the Packers in 2013, Johnson has made all his hay as a professional with the Vikings, tallying 60 receptions (on 109 targets) for 843 yards and two touchdowns over the last three seasons. With the transaction, the Panthers have effectively replaced Ted Ginn and Philly Brown with Johnson and Russell Shepard. Nonetheless, Johnson will likely have to scrounge for scraps behind Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, which isn't exactly conducive to significant output.
Johnson is an unrestricted free agent after not being tendered by the Vikings, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Johnson finished the 2016 season, his third with Minnesota, with 20 receptions for 232 yards. The 28 year old wideout has little value beyond a depth receiver role and a special teams player.
Johnson had one reception for 11 yards on one target in Sunday's win over Chicago.
After a breakout campaign in 2014, Johnson was hurt and languished on the bench in 2015. He finally got back on the field at times this season, but finished with just 20 receptions for 232 yards. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason and the Vikings may decide to look elsewhere since he's had such a small role the past two years.
|P2||8/19/17||@ TEN||3:00 pm|
|P3||8/24/17||@ JAC||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
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|12||11/26/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
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