Bengals tender 6 players, let 4 go
Johnson started three times last season after Keith Rivers got hurt. The Bengals would get a second-round pick from any team that signs him.
The Bengals tendered draft-level offers to linebackers Abdul Hodge and Rashad Jeanty, cornerback David Jones, guard Evan Mathis and defensive end Frostee Rucker on Thursday. They would get a pick matching the player's original round.
Defensive tackle Shaun Smith and tight ends Daniel Coats, J.P. Foschi and Matt Sherry weren't tendered, allowing them to become free agents.