Bengals give DT Tank Johnson 4-year deal

CINCINNATI (AP) Defensive tackle Tank Johnson has signed a four-year deal to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson started 13 games last season
despite a case of plantar faciitis in his right foot that limited his
mobility and caused a lot of pain. He felt better as the season went
along, and tied for the team lead with 10 tackles in a playoff loss to
the Jets.

Johnson came to Cincinnati on a
one-year deal from Dallas. The Bengals consider him an important part
of their defensive line rotation and a reason why their run defense
improved last season. Cincinnati finished fourth overall in defense
last season, seventh against the run.

Updated March 11, 2010