First Offseason Priority: Take Care of Your Own

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Chalk up another year for the Cincinnati Bengals. The team finished with a 10-6 record, ending the season with the teams’ annual trip down to Houston. Most of the abused Cincinnati fan base count the season as a victory. But not for me, the small taste of the playoffs has left me craving for more. So where do the Bengals go from here? With a league high 55.1 million in cap space, the Bengals absolutely must do everything in their power to resign the teams’ upcoming expensive free agents.


Oct 7, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Johnson 6’7’ 267 is an athletic freak and an emotional leader in the Bengals locker room. Johnson came out of Georgia Tech in the 3rd round and was very raw. Over the years the Bengals have developed his skills and he has turned into a premier pass rusher in the league. Johnson finished the year 11.5 sacks and 52 tackles. Johnson was second on the team in sacks behind pro bowler Geno Atkins. Signing Johnson to a long-term deal will not only solidify a crucial position on defense for years to come. It will also show if Mike Brown is finally financially committed to winning,

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