Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 3/70 -- Michael Johnson, DE, 6-7, 266, Georgia Tech...A talented and athletic defensive lineman with a long wingspan. However, the thing that dropped him down into the second day was that he is wildly inconsistent. He finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year with nine sacks and gives the Bengals the third-down pass rush specialist they have been seeking ... if they can get him to play consistently. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Michael Johnson News
03/15/15 - DE Michael Johnson, released by the Buccaneers on March 11, returned to the Bengals Sunday, agreeing to terms on a four-year contract. Johnson played just one season in Tampa Bay after signing a five-year, $43.8 million conract.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Johnson, who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Bengals, played 79 games with 45 starts in Cincinnati from 2009-13.
Johnson's deal with the Bengals is worth $20 million with $6 million due in 2015.
"I'm thankful for the Buccaneers giving me an opportunity to come down there and learn," Johnson said Sunday on a conference call with reporters. "I'm going to always cherish all of the memories -- the highs and the lows. You can't appreciate the highs without the lows.
"This last year was a character-building year. I don't count it as a bad year. So I come back to Cincinnati with a different mindset and a different outlook on things."
Johnson was designated as the Bengals' franchise player for 2013, after logging 11.5 sacks and an interception in 2012. In 2013, he led the Bengals' defensive line in tackles (74) and had 33 quarterback pressures with 3.5 sacks.
Johnson went to Tampa Bay as a free agent in 2014 and weathered some injury problems while playing in 14 games with 13 starts. He had four sacks and two forced fumbles for the Bucs.
"Our entire organization is just ecstatic about getting Mike back," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "He's earned tremendous respect from coaches, teammates and management. He did tremendous things for us while he was here, and we look forward to having him blend back in and uplift us as defensive football team."
Johnson played in 79 of a possible 80 regular-season games with the Bengals, and he also played in all four Cincinnati postseason games during his first time with the team. He had 26.5 sacks and 27 passes defensed with the Bengals.
03/12/15 - DE Michael Johnson had his contract terminated by the Buccaneers Wednesday (March 11), one year after signing a five-year, $43.75 million with Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers will absorb a $7 million salary cap hit while saving $2 million off his scheduled $9 million hit.
He was guaranteed $9 million in 2014 and $7 million in 2015, and he would have been guaranteed $2 million more this year and $5 million more in 2016 if he had been on the Buccaneers' roster Thursday.
In 14 games last season, Johnson had just 27 tackles and four sacks.
A third-round pick in 2009, Johnson had 26.5 sacks in five seasons with the Bengals, who reportedly are interested in bringing him back.
11/17/14 - DE Michael Johnson has three sacks, all coming in Bucs victories. He had two against the Steelers.
11/12/14 - DE Michael Johnson, who did not play last Sunday due to a hand injury, returned to practice Wednesday.
11/10/14 - DE Michael Johnson, who missed Sunday's game with a hand injury, could play at Washington this week.