Vikings sign Johnson, Wootten 21 Mar 14

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Free agent defensive end Corey Wootton has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings.

Wootton and his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted the agreement on Thursday night. Wootton spent the first four seasons of his career with the division rival Chicago Bears. Wootton has played all 16 games each of the last two seasons when he combined for 10 sacks. He had three sacks last season.

Wootton has a place in Vikings lore. He was the defender who drove Brett Favre into the frozen turf at TCF Bank Stadium in 2010. The hit gave Favre a concussion that prevented the quarterback from playing in the final two games of his career.

Wootton says in his tweet that he is “excited to start a new chapter” in Minnesota.

The Vikings also finalized contract terms with DT Tom Johnson.  

Tom Johnson joins the Minnesota Vikings after spending the previous 3 seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Since making his NFL debut in 2011, Johnson has appeared in 40 regular season games and 4 playoff games. As a member of the Saints, he recorded 86 tackles and 5 sacks. In 2013, he recorded 15 tackles and 2 sacks in 12 games. After originally signing as an undrafted free agent with Indianapolis in 2006, he spent time in NFL Europe, the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League before seeing his first NFL game action in 2011.