Bengals sign Larry Johnson

By Joe Kay,
AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Running

back Larry Johnson has agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals to

be one of their backups, giving the AFC North leaders depth at the

position, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated

Press.

Johnson reached the contract

agreement Tuesday, according to the person, speaking on condition of

anonymity because the team had not made an announcement. The Bengals

have to make a roster move to clear a spot for Johnson, who will be

fourth on the depth chart at the outset.

The move came eight days after the Kansas City Chiefs let him go as he

was set to return from his second suspension in the last 12 months. The

Bengals have one of the NFL’s leading rushers this season in Cedric

Benson.

Received 11/17/09 11:51 am ET