Breaking: Bengals Sign Tank Johnson

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.

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  • Second Guesser

    I agree that this signing virtually precludes taking B.J. Raji at #6, but wonder if this means OT is a sure thing. With the much-rumored trade of Chad 85 still hanging, it might be premature to write off a speedy wideout as this year’s first pick.

  • David

    With the Bengals? I’d never rule out an offensive skill position in the first. Mike Brown loves him some wideouts, back and QBs. But given the money involved and the earlier reports of Levi on he block, I think OT is close to a lock now.

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