While catching up on a hectic morning and early afternoon, I tripped over an e-mail from the Vikings that eventually made my jaw drop.
At first, it didn’t drop. Because I assumed that the there must be another tackle named Charlie Johnson, other than the one that plays left tackle for the Colts. You know, the one who started 15 games at left tackle for the Colts last year, protecting Peyton Manning’s blind side.
After donating a few page views to the billionaires at Google, it was then clear that the Vikings had swiped Johnson away from the Colts, even though the Colts had hoped to keep him.
“I wouldn’t say that ship has sailed,” Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said on Sunday regarding the chances of keeping Johnson. “We’ll discuss it as we go forward. But the market has slowed down right now. So who’s to say what’s going on at this point.”
What’s going on at this point is that Johnson is gone. And so only one day after Manning talked about taking less money so that quality players could be put in place around him, one of the most important players to a slow-footed, aging, right-handed quarterback will be protecting Donovan McNabb instead.
Of course, Johnson likely won’t supplant Bryant McKinnie as Minnesota’s left tackle. But Johnson can play other positions on the line, including both guard positions and right tackle. Either way, he gives the Vikings some help with a unit that could use it.
Agent Joel Segal confirmed on SportsCenter Monday what seemed readily apparently in the wake of the Randy Moss’ retirement on Monday. He just didn’t get the kind of offers he was looking for.
Segal indicated that Moss didn’t get interest from the teams that he was hoping to play for.
“He’s such a competitor and wanted to go back. However, he wanted to go back in certain places,” Segal said. “He wanted to be on a championship team in his mind.”
Segal said there were offers, but apparently not the right teams. He was asked whether Moss’ mind might change if an attractive offer came from the right team should injuries strike.
“I can’t speak for Randy. One thing I know as an agent, you don’t speak for Randy Moss,” Segal said.
Kandy Girl of The Week August 1st – 7th 2011
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair: Blonde Eyes: Green
From the nations heartland…Lauren is a girl who’s star is one the rise. In a short time she has been featured in multiple national campaigns for Hooters Restaurants, including promotional radio spots for the chain and has quickly become one of the companies most recognized faces…in addition to being featured on the pages of Playboy Special Editions a number of times. We wish Lauren nothing but continued success and are proud to have her as our Kandy Girl of the Week.