Cincinnati Bengals: Predicting Free Agent Re-signings

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The Cincinnati Bengals season has come to an end and maybe a bit too early. Most of the players from this year’s team will return for 2014, but for a few free agents, we might have seen their last game in stripes.

Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) reacts during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Johnson will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He posted 56 tackles over 15 games, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles. However, his sack production was not something to get excited over, he went from 11 sacks in 2012 to on 3.5 sack in 2013.

He turned down a huge contract extension last year of $40 million over 5 years, which may have turned out to be been a dumb move after all, as Johnson’s production versus the pass game was lacking. Now, the money ultimately went to Dunlap and the Bengals offer could drop, just like Johnson’s production in sacks.

Johnson is a good player overall and proved he has worth to this team, but some team may take a risk and pay more than the Bengals should afford. The Bengals will no doubt make an offer and it should be competitive for his overall production.

I don’t think Johnson is willing to take the team discount to stay in Cincinnati though. His decision may weigh on whether or not Mike Zimmer is the Defensive Coordinator in 2014.

My Prediction: Johnson will probably not being wearing stripes come training camp

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