The Minnesota Vikings are looking for cornerback depth, and it appears they are sniffing around a now former member of the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings brought in free agent cornerback Dontae Johnson for a visit, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
This marks Johnson’s first reported visit in free agency. He started all 16 games last season, but it was a struggle at times for the lengthy cornerback. He was benched a couple times during games, but he managed to remain in the starting lineup. Greg Mabin appeared set to replace him, but a calf injury cost him his shot. Although the 49ers starters appear set in the secondary, Mabin will get a chance this offseason to compete for more of an opportunity.
The 49ers have a shot at landing a comp pick next year, although contracts will tell us more. Over The Cap currently projects the team with a seventh round pick because of Logan Paulsen’s departure. I’m a little skeptical that holds up, but you never know. I would be surprised if Johnson lands more than a league minimum contract, but we could be surprised. Eric Reid is more the name to watch if he can land a decent contract somewhere in the coming month.