29-Year-Old Defensive End – Cincinnati Bengals
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
From the Bengals perspective, their experience with Johnson worked out perfectly. They couldn't afford his cap number on the open market, so when the Bucs swooped in with a five-year, $43.75 million o...
Michael Johnson Contract Information:
Signed a four-year contract with the Bengals in March of 2015.
Though Johnson (knee) didn't start Sunday's win over the Raiders, he was on the field for 58 percent of the defensive snaps.
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Michael Johnson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Johnson's injury will likely sideline him for the majority of the preseason, thus opening an opportunity for Wallace Gilberry to earn first-team work at right defensive end. Meanwhile, Johnson should be relieved that his injury isn't more serious, since given his timetable, he should be gearing toward a return as Week 1 of the regular season approaches.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Johnson had to be carted off the practice field Sunday afternoon and will likely still need further evaluation. An MCL sprain would probably keep him out for most or all of training camp, but he might still have a shot to return for Week 1. With Margus Hunt (back) already on the PUP list, Wallace Gilberry figures to get most of the first-team reps across from Carlos Dunlap.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After recording a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2012, Johnson came back to earth last season, managing to reach only 3.5 in 15 games. However, he did rack up a career-high 56 tackles (35 solo) and he picked off one pass for the third consecutive year, while forcing two fumbles. He turned that production into five-year, $43.75 million contract with the Bucs that included $24 million guaranteed. With that kind of financial commitment, he'll be expected to put up big numbers will likely seeing a high snap count.
Johnson had a breakout season in 2012, recording 11.5 sacks. The Bengals have a lethal pass rush heading into 2013 with the combination of Johnson and Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks last season).
A third round pick in the 2009 draft, the Bengals are hoping he can bolster their pass rush.