Bengals reunited with defensive end Michael Johnson

Mar 15, 2015 7:42 PM by Ross Field

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals agreed to a four-deal deal with end Michael Johnson on Sunday, bringing back a player who was a key part of their defense.

Johnson left as a free agent and played last season with Tampa Bay, which released him last week.

With Johnson, the Bengals had one of the NFL's top defenses, finishing third in yards allowed in 2013. Without Johnson, the unit slipped to 22nd overall last season. Although injuries to their linebackers were a big factor, they also failed to get much out of their line.

Johnson played 79 games for Cincinnati from 2009-13. His best season was 2012, when he had 11 1/2 sacks and an interception. The Bengals designated him as their franchise player in 2013.

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