Former Vikings defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson is signing with the Houston Texans, he announced on Twitter on Wednesday evening.
Johnson, who turns 27 this summer, was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round out of Iowa in 2017. He started 20 games for Minnesota in four years, including all 16 games last season, and finishes his Vikings career with 87 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.
The Vikings had high hopes for Johnson after he had 7.5 sacks in his final season for the Hawkeyes, but he was never able to put it all together in Minnesota. He displayed some potential as a rotational defensive tackle through his first three seasons, including a 2019 season where he had a solid 4.5 percent pressure rate and 3.5 sacks.