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