Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/1/13
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The Bengals have tagged defensive end Michael Johnson as their franchise player. Johnson, a third-round draft choice in 2009, had his best season last year with 70 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 25 quarterback pressures, one interception and three pass breakups. He started 15 games in the regular season as well as the Wild Card playoff game at Houston. He was second on the team in sacks behind the 12.5 accumulated by All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Obviously we are committed to re-signing Mike, said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, and this move is part of the process to keep a young and promising defense together. Mike has worked hard to improve himself every year during his time as a Bengal, helping us to the postseason three of four years. We have every reason to believe he will continue to grow as a leader and productive player. NFL free agency doesnt begin until March 12. Teams choosing to use their franchise or transition tags on players must do so by March 4, so the Bengals beat ...
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