Michael Johnson isn’t thinking about an extension with Bengals

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Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, the team’s 2013 franchise player, isn’t thinking about getting an extension.  Which is a good idea, because the team doesn’t typically sign its franchise players to extensions.

All of that stuff will take care of itself,” Johnson recently said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.   “I’m here.  I enjoy being here and as long as I’m here I’m going to give them everything I’ve got.”

He’ll be getting paid very well to do that, at the one-year defensive end franchise tender of $11.175 million — well above the current market for pass rushers.  Indeed, if the Bengals knew where the market was going, they surely wouldn’t have tagged Johnson.  And then they surely would have rescinded it, if Johnson hadn’t wisely signed the offer.

With $11.175 million becoming the starting point for a long-term deal, and with the Bengals obligated to give him a 20-percent raise (i.e., $13.41 million) to keep him around for 2014, it should take a huge deal to keep Johnson from hitting the market in free agency next March.  The more likely outcome is that Johnson will roll the dice on being one of the few to get overpaid, and the Bengals will replace him with a cheaper veteran alternative, or two.

That gives Johnson a strong incentive to have a big year, and to hope that the team does, too.  One way to get overpaid is to bring a newly-minted Super Bowl ring to the player’s new town, and the Bengals should be regarded as a serious candidate to pull that off in 2013.

17 responses to “Michael Johnson isn’t thinking about an extension with Bengals

  1. “Which is a good idea, because the team doesn’t typically sign its franchise players to extensions.”

    That why the Bungals will always be the Bungals, no commitment to winning.

  2. there is absolutely zero chance that the Bengals even sniff the Lombardi Trophy. They can’t and won’t beat the Broncos or patriots, and probably won’t even win their own division. AJ Green covers up Andy Daltons weaknesses. I’m a Vikings fan and I am not real high on Christian Ponder and I only see Dalton as marginally better than Ponder. Dalton throws the worst deep ball in the NFL. Bengals may make the playoffs, but they will go one and out…..again. Marvin Lewis is 0-3 in the playoffs as the Bengals head coach AMD he gets to keep his job. lol. Mike Brown is commited to one thing only and that is turning a profit. I live 40 minutes north of Cincy, trust me, Bengals fans hate Mike Brown

  3. This is what happens when you draft well and develop your players …If they had not given him the franchise tag they were going to let one of the better DL in the league walk away with out a contingency for his departure currently on the roster….Plus you have a gang of top talent with expiring rookie contracts coming up that despite how good M.J. is are better at their particular positions… Geno is better than Suh and A.J. is better than everyother receiver out there …believe me no one is getting paid before those two get hashed out including the Red Rifle

  4. That headline was misleading. I was expecting an article a out him having some issue with the Bengals, but really he just said he is focused on football right now and will worry about contracts after the season. Good for him.

  5. I like having players on their final or franchise year. When the dough is up in the air, players seem to do well. Johnson is a beast.

  6. The bengals are a good team and often underrated, but I still feel like they are just too inexperienced to win the Super Bowl. Until they prove that they can win one playoff game, I can’t take them as serious contenders.

  7. Bengals still have time to extend him Florio and it won’t cost 13.41mm. Look at the dates in the CBA.

  8. This year’s draft definitely put them over the top imo. Watch out NFC north.

  9. aldavis4president says: May 27, 2013 1:00 PM

    This year’s draft definitely put them over the top imo. Watch out NFC north.
    I’m sure the Packers,Vikings,Bears,and Lions are all terrified.

  10. Whats all this they can’t win a SB until they “prove” they can win a playoff game …get the eff outta here with that trash… There are numerous instances were teams are on the verge for a two or three years then the teams matures, young player get better and they walk away with a title….just go RESEARCH the W-L record of previous SB winners and see how many had losing records let alone made the playoffs 3 out of the past 4 years ….I’ll wait …then I’ll laugh when the Lombardi is resting in the QC they way Paul Brown intended…WHO DEY! 4L trolls!

  11. In know he typod raq lol. But the packers,Vikings, bears and Lipns better worry since we play them all lol.

    Stop hatin on the bengals. Mike brown is doing awesome. Who cares if he sucked before. I was mad then, now over it lol. Time you get over it as well haters.

    Rather have Mike Brown than several other teams in the league. Few are better than him atm

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