Bucs looking to DE Michael Johnson to bolster pass rush
JUL 28, 7:36p ET | AP
Rotowire: Mar 15 / 9:49a ET
News: Johnson signed a four-year deal with the Bengals on Sunday worth approximately $24 million.
Impact: Johnson was released by the Bucs earlier in the offseason after a disappointing 2014 campaign in which he recorded just four sacks and 27 tackles in 14 games. Johnson, who played with the Bengals from 2009 to 2013, will return for a second stint with Cincinnati to help boost the team's pass rush. Johnson, who has combined for 7.5 sacks in 29 games over the last two seasons, recorded a career-high 11.5 sacks for the Bengals in 2012.
StatsLLC: Mar 15 / 12:00a ET
News: 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.
Impact: 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.
Rotowire: Mar 11 / 12:52p ET
News: The Bucs have released Johnson, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Johnson, who recorded 27 tackles and four sacks in 14 games this past season, is thus let go by the Bucs after just one season. As a result, the defensive end, who signed a five-year, $43.5 million contract with Tampa Bay last March, will hit free agency again, presumably in line to earn a more modest deal this time around.