Free agent defensive lineman Michael Johnson, who spent his first five seasons in Cincinnati before signing a lucrative deal last year with Tampa Bay, reached an agreement on a four-year contract Sunday to return to the Bengals.
Johnson’s deal is worth $20 million with $6 million due in 2015, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
He also is receiving $7 million guaranteed this season from the Buccaneers as part of the five-year, $43.8 million contract he signed last year. The Buccaneers released him last week after just one season.
The Bengals, who will receive a third-round compensatory pick in the 2015 draft as a result of losing Johnson last year in free agency, now have the defensive end back on the team as well.
I’d just like to take a minute out of this beautiful Sunday afternoon to express my my most heartfelt thanks and grattitude towards your organization. From the bottom of my heart, I will forever be greatful for the way you completely botched every aspect of the Michael Johnson contract. It’s not often an organization can be so hapless, but you know what they say. If you you love something set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was, so don’t get too down on yourselves. Guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
Best of luck to you and your future endeavors.
PS- 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Next time you see Rodge, tell him that’s where he can mail the Lombardi Trophy.