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Bengals place franchise tag on Michael Johnson

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Cincinnati (FOX19) - The Bengals have placed the franchise tag on Michael Johnson, almost ensuring the defensive end will be with the Bengals in 2013.

Johnson, who finished with a career best 11.5 sacks in 2012, will make in the range of $11 million dollars.

The Bengals now retain the rights to match any offer made to Johnson and can try to negotiate a longer contract until July 15th.  If the Bengals don't match the offer, the team would get two first round compensatory picks in return.

"We are committed to re-signing Mike," Marvin Lewis said in a statement.  "This move is part of a process to keep a promising young defense together."

The Bengals first announced the deal on Twitter.

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