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Spencer Johnson to Buffalo/UPDATED

March 1st, 2008 – 2:41 PM by Judd Zulgad

Defensive tackle Spencer Johnson is the latest of the Vikings’ unrestricted free agents to land elsewhere. Johnson just sent a text message to confirm he has received a five-year deal from the Buffalo Bills. Linebacker Dontarrious Thomas was the first of the Vikings free agents to leave the team. He received a two-year deal from the San Francisco 49ers.

Johnson’s departure from Minnesota isn’t a surprise. Signed as a rookie free agent out of Aburn in 2004, he was stuck behind Pro Bowl tackles Kevin and Pat Williams. Last season, Johnson appeared in all 16 games (no starts) and had three sacks, 27 tackles and 16 quarterback hurries.

UPDATE: According to the Buffalo News, Johnson got a pretty good contract: Five years and $17.5 million, with $6 million guarnateed. Not bad for a guy who projects as a backup.

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