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Raiders Sign Former Vikings OL Marcus Johnson

According to Scout.com, the Raiders have signed OL Marcus Johnson.

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 Johnson was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft out of Ole Miss, started his first two seasons, and has been a backup for the last two seasons.

Professional Biography

Versatile lineman who has started at RG and RT...Became the 1st Vikings rookie OG to start a season opener in team history in 2005...Became only the 6th offensive lineman rookie in team history to start on opening day...Selected in the 2nd round (49th overall), the highest- drafted player in team history from Mississippi.

NFL History

2007
Saw time at RT in place of starter Ryan Cook in a pair of games, stepping in vs. Chicago (12/17) on Monday Night Football and played the 2nd half of game vs. Philadelphia (10/28)...Member of the kickoff return wedge that helped Aundrae Allison set a team record with a 28.7 average on returns and notched the longest play in team history with a 104-yard return TD vs. Detroit (12/2).

2006
Started 10 games at RT during the season...Helped RB Chester Taylor rush for 1,214 yards, the 4th-best single- season total in team history...Helped Taylor break the 100-yard mark in 3 of his starts during the season, including a career-high 169-yard day at Seattle (10/22)...Taylor broke off a 95-yard TD run at Seattle (10/22), the longest play from scrimmage in Vikings history and tied for the 9thlongest run in NFL history.

2005
Started 8 of the 14 games he played, including the opening 4 contests at RG...Stepped into lineup at RT replacing Mike Rosenthal on Monday Night Football at Green Bay (11/21) as part of a revamped line that helped spring Mewelde Moore run for 122 yards in the Vikings win...Played key role in both of Moore’s 100-yard rushing days on the season, starting at RG when Moore had 101 vs. New Orleans (9/25) and taking over in the 1st quarter at Green Bay (11/21) when he had a season-high 122.

Johnson did struggle a bit with penalties and sacks in his first two seasons, commiting 8 false starts, 7 holds, and giving up 9.5 sacks in 24 games. Still, the 6'6", 321 pound lineman has played both RT and RG, and his signing could spell the end of Cornell Green's tenure as a Raider.

With the Raiders shoring up the offensive line through free agency it becomes even more apparent that their focus will be elsewhere in the upcoming NFL Draft.

 

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