|CIN: Veteran DT Re-Signs|
by Adam Caplan of ScoutNFLNetwork.com, March 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm ET
Tank Johnson Profile
The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed veteran DT Tank Johnson, who played
14 games with 13 starts last season, aiding Cincinnati's drive to the AFC North
Division championship, the team announced.
Johnson (6-3, 305; University of Washington) is a seventh-year NFL player in
2010. He played his first Bengals season in 2009, signing as an unrestricted
free agent from Dallas, and he logged 39 tackles with two sacks. His one-year
Cincinnati contract had expired, and he was again an unrestricted free agent
prior to today's signing.
"Signing Tank now is a positive step for both him and the defensive team," said
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "He was a very consistent performer last
season and was a big part of our improved run defense. He is a tough-minded man
who is a great pro during the week and brings a great competitive attitude to
the field on Sunday."
Johnson missed two games and parts of two others with a foot injury last season,
but he returned to start the last 11 games at RDT, and he also started
Cincinnati's Wild Card playoff game against the New York Jets. He tied for the
team lead in tackles (10) in the playoff contest.
Johnson played his first three NFL seasons with Chicago, and he spent two years
in Dallas before joining the Bengals. A player with a track record of providing
pressure up the middle, he has 14 career sacks and 2.5 more sacks in postseason
play. He has 86 games of NFL experience, plus six games with four starts in
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