Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 3/5/13
The Cincinnati Bengals placed the franchise tag on defensive end Michael Johnson Friday, aiming to keep one of the best defensive lines in the NFL intact for the upcoming season. He'll earn an estimated $11 million in 2013. The Bengals official website also says that Executive VP Katie Blackburn approached Johnson's agent to discuss a long-term deal in the last few weeks and that they'll continue to talk up until the July 15th deadline. Johnson is apparently ok with the tag and has said he'll be there for spring workouts, but it'll be after he finishes his spring semester at Georgia Tech in early May. “Obviously we are committed to re-signing Mike,” head coach Marvin Lewis said in a news release, “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.” var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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