28-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.
Johnson signed a four-year deal with the Bengals on Sunday worth approximately $24 million.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Johnson, who recorded 27 tackles and four sacks in 14 games this past season, is thus let go by the Bucs after just one season. As a result, the defensive end, who signed a five-year, $43.5 million contract with Tampa Bay last March, will hit free agency again, presumably in line to earn a more modest deal this time around.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Johnson bumped up from no participation Wednesday, which can be considered a rest day. If he's able to suit up Sunday at New Orleans, he'll be hard-pressed to bring down Drew Brees, who has been sacked just four times in four contests this season.
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.