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Michael Johnson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 270
College: Georgia Tech
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Bengals signed RE Michael Johnson, formerly of the Bucs, to a four-year, $24 million contract.
He picked the Bengals over the Vikings. Johnson played for Cincinnati from 2009-2013 before signing a huge contract with the Bucs last offseason and getting cut last week after pocketing $16 million. He had effort questions and put some bad tape out there in 2014. Back in Cincy, Johnson should have a leg up on the starting right-end job opposite LE Carlos Dunlap. 28-year-old Johnson has 19 sacks and four forced fumbles over the past three seasons. Mar 15 - 11:06 AM

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Free agent DE Michael Johnson will visit the Bengals on Saturday.

It appears Johnson will leave Minnesota without a deal, perhaps hoping to give both his former team (Bengals) and former coach (Vikings coach Mike Zimmer) an equal opportunity. Johnson's choice will almost certainly come down to the Bengals or Vikings, with Minnesota the slight favorite. Johnson registered 11.5 sacks with the Bengals in 2012, but has struggled to 7.5 sacks total over the last two seasons. He is expected to make his decision by Monday.
Mar 13 - 11:41 PM

Free agent DE Michael Johnson will visit the Vikings this week.

As expected. Johnson will make the Vikings his first visit. Coach Mike Zimmer and Johnson have an affinity for each other, and Johnson likely would have signed with Minnesota last offseason had he not taken the money from Tampa Bay. Johnson flopped with the Bucs, but flourished under Zimmer in Cincinnati from 2012-2013, registering 15 sacks and playing stout run defense.
Mar 12 - 10:46 AM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings will be in the running for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

Johnson had his best seasons playing under former Cincinnati DC Mike Zimmer and knows his system. The Vikings could use him as a pass rushing complement to Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. Johnson has also received interest from the Bengals.
Mar 11 - 4:26 PM

Bucs released DE Michael Johnson.

They're giving up on him after one season of a "five-year, $45 million" deal. Along with LT Anthony Collins -- also released -- Johnson was a complete flop in Tampa Bay last season, battling a high ankle sprain, not giving full effort when healthy, and managing four sacks across 14 games. Assuming his price tag is low -- and it figures to be after Johnson put so much bad play on tape last season -- the Bengals are expected to be interested in a reunion. We also wouldn't rule out former Cincinnati DC Mike Zimmer's Vikings giving Johnson a long look.
Mar 11 - 3:30 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Bengals will try to re-sign DE Michael Johnson if he's cut by the Bucs.

The Cincinnati Enquirer floated it as a possibility last month. Coming off an injury-hampered year where he notched only four sacks in 14 games, Johnson comes with a $9 million cap charge. Releasing him would create $2 million in space, but $7 million in dead money. Johnson spent 2009-13 in Cincy.
Mar 9 - 6:35 PM

Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Bengals would be open to a reunion with RE Michael Johnson if Tampa Bay releases him.

This makes sense as Cincinnati needs defensive line help and the Buccaneers are trying to stay under the salary cap. Tampa Bay has a history of throwing in the towel early, dumping Darrelle Revis last offseason and more recently cutting veteran Josh McCown. Recurring ankle woes were partly to blame for Johnson's underwhelming 2014 campaign (four sacks in 14 games).
Feb 22 - 9:48 AM

Profootballtalk suggests the Bucs could release RE Michael Johnson.

Johnson signed a five-year, $43.75 million deal just last offseason, but the Bucs take the pay-as-you-go approach with contracts and could decide to part ways after a weak 2014 season. Johnson recorded just four sacks and finished 45th among 56 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush productivity. The Bucs can save $7 million against the cap by cutting him.
Jan 19 - 8:24 PM

The Bucs expect RE Michael Johnson (ankle) to return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

The Bucs' $43 million free agent add missed Week 2 and then played just seven snaps in Thursday's loss to the Falcons. The long week should help get Johnson right and Gerald McCoy (hand) is also expected back.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Bucs RE Michael Johnson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.

The Bucs will apparently have to turn to Scott Solomon and William Gholston in Sunday's tilt with the Rams. Fellow DE Adrian Clayborn was placed on injured reserve on Friday. If Zac Stacy had more clarity in terms of his workload, we'd be high on him as a fantasy start. Instead, he's a dicey RB2/flex.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Buccaneers agreed to terms with DE Michael Johnson, formerly of the Bengals, on a five-year, $43.75 million contract.

The deal includes $24 million guaranteed, the fourth-highest figure among defensive ends. Johnson will slide in at right end opposite Adrian Clayborn in Tampa, making Da'Quan Bowers a backup. With Johnson, Clayborn, and DT Gerald McCoy in the fold, the Bucs should be able to get more consistent pressure from the front four. Johnson has 21 sacks the past three seasons.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:01:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bucs are in "serious discussions" with free agent DE Michael Johnson.

This meshes with CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora's report from Monday that the Bucs are considered the "frontrunners" for Johnson. He's expected to command over $8 million per year. Johnson would slide in at right end in Tampa.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 09:48:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Bucs are the "frontrunners" for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Bucs connected to Johnson. Tampa Bay badly needs edge rushers, and Johnson would certainly fill the role. He's expected to command over $8 million annually and is our top free agent defensive end available. Johnson is equally efficient against the run.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 08:55:00 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings are "definitely" out of the running for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

GM Rick Spielman inked RE Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42.5 million deal over the weekend. He'll slide in as the starter opposite LE Brian Robison. Johnson will still have a robust market without the Vikings' inclusion. After the Bears failed to sign DE Michael Bennett, they could turn to Johnson.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 07:23:00 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports free agent DE Michael Johnson is not expected to re-sign with the Bengals.

That's been the expectation amongst the Cincinnati media for some time. The Bucs are reportedly making a "hard push" for Johnson's services, while the Bears will likely ramp up their pursuit after whiffing on Michael Bennett.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 04:42:00 PM

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