The Bengals have not signed a franchise-tagged player to an extension since Rudi Johnson in 2005.
Bengals signed franchise player RE Michael Johnson to a one-year, $11.2 million contract.
Bengals assigned the franchise tag to RE Michael Johnson.
CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Bengals "have indicated" they will use the franchise tag on free agent RE Michael Johnson.
Bengals.com concedes the team will "probably" franchise tag free agent RE Michael Johnson if the sides can't strike a long-term deal before March 4.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reports there's "not much traction" on a long-term deal between the Bengals and RE Michael Johnson.
Free agent RE Michael Johnson hopes to re-sign with the Bengals.
Bengals.com believes re-signing impending free agent DEs Michael Johnson and Robert Geathers is the team's "first priority."
Longtime Bengals color analyst Dave Lapham fully expects free agent RE Michael Johnson to be back with the team in 2013.
Bengals.com considers free agent RE Michael Johnson "the leader in the clubhouse" to draw the franchise tag if there's no contract extension by March.
Bengals RE Michael Johnson (toe) is active for Thursday night's game against the Eagles.
Bengals RE Michael Johnson is in a walking boot this week after sustaining a toe injury in last week's loss to the Cowboys.
The Bengals plan to cut back on RE Michael Johnson's snaps in 2012.
The Bengals appear to have benched RE Michael Johnson for Frostee Rucker.