Michael Johnson signs his franchise tender

Reuters

With the bottom of the defensive end market falling well short of expectations, agents are in take-what-you-can-get mode.

That applies to guys who were franchised already, too.

The agent for Bengals franchise player Michael Johnson just tweeted that Johnson would sign his tender today.

That guarantees Johnson his one-year deal worth $11.175 million, which is more than twice what Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett got on his new deal with the Seahawks.

Every other player who was tagged would be wise to follow suit.

10 responses to “Michael Johnson signs his franchise tender

  1. This still sucks… Bengals should have stepped and paid the man what he’s worth without going through the Franchise BS that does nothing but cause ill-will.

  2. nbooat says:
    Mar 15, 2013 12:20 PM
    I beat Joetoronto to the first post. Just like the Bengals beat Raiders!!!
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    Wow, you’re obviously obsessed with me. You might want to get some help, that’s not healthy.

    It’s good to know I’m in your head though, at all times.

    Loser.

  3. Just because you have money doesn’t mean you have to spend it, Vegas Guy. You complain now, but in a few years when the contracts like Geno, Dunlap, AJ, Gresham, and Dalton are all up you’ll be the first one complaining on how they blew all their money on Michael Johson…

  4. Vegas Guy says:
    Mar 15, 2013 12:13 PM
    This still sucks… Bengals should have stepped and paid the man what he’s worth without going through the Franchise BS that does nothing but cause ill-will.

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    If he got paid what he is worth, he might have gotten 6-7 mil per year, if that. This is a good move for both sides. I think Johnson is getting the better part of the deal: more money than he would have earned if he was a free agent and a chance to do it again next year. The Bengals may have overpaid, but it is a one year deal and they have the cap room (as usual). Next year they will look at all the DE’s and what they got this year and offer him something commensurate with his performance.

    He needs to play lights out just to earn the franchise money, IMO. He is a good player, but not a top tier guy, and some of those guys are getting cut or asked to take pay cuts.

  5. Chill out. The Bengals can still extend him and wipe out the deal by a certain date (forget the exact date). Bengals fans need to chill and learn to be happy lol.

  6. Don’t ever compare the Raiders and Bengals.

    The Raiders are one of the greats in the history of the NFL. The Bengals are an expansion team that has been slapped around for 40+ years.

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