Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive end Michael Johnson has been one of the most discussed free agents this offseason.
Although Johnson’s future is unknown, it looks like he will be moving on from the Bengals.
Sources: “It is unlikely” that the Cincinnati Bengals will re-sign DE Michael Johnson.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 10, 2014
Johnson was selected by the Bengals in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft with the 70th overall pick. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ star has spent his entire career with the Bengals, racking up 26.5 sacks.
At just 27 years old, Johnson is looking to cash in now and the Bengals likely don’t want to pay him big money when they have other players they will have to pay in the near future.
The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly shown a lot of interest in Johnson while there has been speculation that the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans could show interest as well.
Last season, Johnson played in 15 games for the Bengals. He recorded 56 tackles, had 3.5 sacks, forced two fumbles and had one interception.
Johnson had a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2012.