The Toronto Argonauts on Friday took a step toward filling the vacancy created when Mike Vanderjagt was granted his release, signing punter/kicker Eddie Johnson.
A sixth-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2003, Johnson played in 14 games for the Vikings and since his rookie year attended training camps with the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Johnson will compete with Justin Medlock, who was signed during the off-season, for the No. 1 job. It's Medlock who will have the inside track when camp opens next week. Vanderjagt, after one forgettable season in his return to the Double Blue, was set free on Thursday.
The Argos also signed quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster and receiver/kick returner William Judson. Lancaster spent the past four seasons with the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Judson, the son of former NFL veteran William Judson Sr., was at the University of Illinois the past three years after one year at Florida A&M.
The signing of Lancaster is further indication of the Argos' plan to keep Reggie McNeal, a natural quarterback, at the receiver position.
Argos quarterbacks and rookies report to the field on Wednesday, followed by the veterans four days later.