Mike Johnson appeared to be on track to be the starting right tackle in Atlanta last season, but training camp was still getting going when he fractured his fibula and dislocated his left ankle.
Johnson missed the entire season as a result, but he’ll have a chance to make up for it in 2014. The Falcons announced Monday that they have re-signed Johnson to a one-year deal that will keep him from hitting free agency on Tuesday afternoon. There were no financial terms announced.
It’s hard to know exactly how Johnson will slot into the depth chart because everything is up in the air on the Falcons line. They need to be much better than they were last season and will certainly be bringing in players via free agency and the draft to accomplish that. Sam Baker is expected back after a knee injury, although he could move from left to right tackle if the Falcons find a better option for Matt Ryan’s blind side.
Johnson was a third-round pick in 2010 and has played in 18 games for the Falcons over the course of his career.