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Bengals to tag Michael Johnson, opening a big door

Ben Roethlisberger, Geno Atkins, Michael Johnson AP

The Bengals had a choice to make, and they’re going to make sure they keep the pass-rusher instead of the protector.

According to multiple reports, the Bengals have chosen to use the franchise tag on defensive end Michael Johnson prior to the March 4 deadline, and not right tackle Andre Smith.

The tag on Johnson will require a one-year deal worth $11.175 million, and means they’ll have to expose Smith to the market if they can’t get a deal done between now and March 12 (which Smith has no motivation to pursue at the moment).

The moves makes sense, given the relative glut of starting-grade tackles relative to guys who can sack the quarterback.

Johnson broke through with 11.5 sacks last year, his first season in double-digits.

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19 Responses to “Bengals to tag Michael Johnson, opening a big door”
  1. sellout1983 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:47 PM

    Hope we can keep Smith. I’ve done a total 180 on him since his first two seasons.

  2. whodey13 says: Mar 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    I’ve liked Michael Johnson since we drafted him but 11.5 mil is too steep. Even with our cap space. We have Geno and Dunlap due up next year and Green able to extend next year. I would like to see a front loaded Geno deal more then anything this off season

  3. enders9 says: Mar 1, 2013 1:01 PM

    Smith went from being the laugh stock of the draft, to being one of the best offensive linemen (if not THE best) to come out of that draft. So hopefully the Bengals are able to work out a deal with him.

  4. bengalskuta82 says: Mar 1, 2013 1:02 PM

    Smart move..tag has been steady and has improved every year. Smith though just had a good season. Where was he last couple of years? And oh he just got in trouble with the law at the airport. So the bengals can now negotiate with Smith and will try to get him cheap. Who knows they might let him walk

  5. ajgreenshands says: Mar 1, 2013 1:04 PM

    Andre can play. Get it done.

  6. davefu50 says: Mar 1, 2013 1:13 PM

    Damn Damn Damn

    Signed,

    Lions Fans

  7. bengalsstillsuck says: Mar 1, 2013 1:28 PM

    Poor guy i feel bad for him.

  8. beltlessbuckler says: Mar 1, 2013 2:14 PM

    We will never go anywhere as long as Paul Alexander is in charge of our O-line. Andre Smith will go elsewhere and become a perennial pro-bowler.

  9. nflcinbengals says: Mar 1, 2013 2:36 PM

    Cleveland, where Owners, Coaches, Players and media careers go and die!!

  10. bengalsstillsuck says: Mar 1, 2013 3:52 PM

    Cincinnati,where felons,drug addicts,drunk drivers and washed up free agents go to live.

  11. Vegas Guy says: Mar 1, 2013 4:40 PM

    bengalsstillsuck – They don’t live there.. they just work there.

    Benglas will have probably already worked out a deal with Smith (for 2/3 what he’s worth). We’ll see but they won’t pay him big bucks. Won’t happen. Only time the Bengals pay a player what he’s worth is when they use the franchise tag.

  12. nflcinbengals says: Mar 1, 2013 5:07 PM

    Yea but we still achieved more in the last seven years with those players than the brown stains will in this decade

  13. nflcinbengals says: Mar 1, 2013 5:19 PM

    You are not as wise as you think bengalsstillsuck. You gave a description of Cleveland, D. Stallworth was everything that you just said plus a murderer… B. Edwards was a drunk, atleast our draft picks in the last few years have panned out… The Cavs, Indians and Browns are hopless

  14. bengalsstillsuck says: Mar 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    Umm Edwards was on the jets when he got that DUI and look up worst franchises in sports the Bengals are number 1 enough said.

  15. nflcinbengals says: Mar 1, 2013 8:53 PM

    No my enemy the Browns are, Edwards also attacked LBJ friend while there, every anaylst laughs while speaking of Cleveland, your team also has no expectations. We are expected to have good drafts and go to the playoffs, while the Browns on the other hand are expected to draft in the top 5 and fail EVERY year!!!! FACT

  16. nflcinbengals says: Mar 1, 2013 9:15 PM

    NFL Players Vote New England Patriots Best Franchise; Cleveland …

    Lol, Sucks to have that reputation… Please come back with something recent and not 4 years ago!!

  17. bengalsstillsuck says: Mar 1, 2013 10:40 PM

    Just like i said look up sports worst franchise voted by America Bengals are number 1 im not makin it up they will give u the reasons why sorry bud but the truth hurts how bout the Bengals win a playoff game for once instead of getting blown out my worthless Browns have a more recent playoff win than the Bengals an we were out the league for 4 yrs.

  18. nflcinbengals says: Mar 1, 2013 11:58 PM

    Dude stop speaking of the past, I put up recent facts and you did not, America wouldn’t vote us THE worst if we have constanly been in the Playoffs 3 of 4 years.

    And please stop with what your team HAS done because you guys have only had one winning season since coming back.

    As of LAST year you guys were voted by peers to be THE worse.. You’ve got the wrong Bengals fan because everytime you say something stupid on our Posts, Im going to help you remember how painful it is to be a Browns fan..

    Hold off on the banter, until you guys have ONE winning season and are among the top two in AFCN standings. LOL we have more division titles than your sorry team can dream of.

    Oh and since we’re speaking of the past, we’ve been to a Super Bowl more recently than you… Enjoy the TOILET bowl stain fan!!!

  19. nflcinbengals says: Mar 2, 2013 12:03 AM

    To quiet the noise just answer me these questions!

    Who is the closest to contending?

    Who had the better record?

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