Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Cincinnati Bengals have “indicated” that they’re prepared to franchise impending free agent DE Michael Johnson in the coming days.
Bengals have indicated they will franchise DE Michael Johnson. No tags had been officially placed by start of today. Deadline is Monday
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 1, 2013
Recent reports have indicated that the Bengals will allow OT Andre Smith to test the open market, if they’re unable to reach a long-term deal before March 13.
Johnson, 26, produced 11.5 sacks for the Bengals defense last season and is clearly someone that they would like to lock up long-term.
We have Johnson listed as the No. 23 best available player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
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