Scratch B.J. Raji from the first-round discussion, as the Cincinnati Bengals have inked former Bear and Cowboy DT Tank Johnson.
Johnson will move back to his natural position as a 4-3 DT. Dallas tried to turn him into a 3-4 NT without much success.
Knee-jerk reaction: Sigh. I can’t argue with the move, as I’ve been calling on the team to shore up the interior of the defensive line for just about ever. But I’m not looking forward to the inevitable round of, “the Bengals are ignoring character again” stories. Oh well, such is the price of being a Bengals fan, I suppose.
A rundown of Tank’s troubles can be found here. It should be noted that he has stayed out of off-field trouble for several years now.
Clearly, this nixes Raji at six and points the first-round draft needle back to offensive tackle.
Update: Joe Reedy says it’s a one-year deal for league minimum, with maybe an itty-bitty signing bonus. So if he performs, the Bengals will have to fill the Tank with premium next year.