Defensive End Michael Johnson back in stripes - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Defensive End Michael Johnson back in stripes

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Defensive End Michael Johnson is returning to the Bengals after playing for Tampa Bay last season.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapport, Johnson and the Bengals have agreed to a four-year deal.

Johnson was cut by the Buccaneers just one year into a five-year $43.75 million contract.

The defensive end played his first five seasons in Cincinnati before signing with Tampa Bay.

“Our entire organization is just ecstatic about getting Mike back,” said Bengals' head coach Marvin Lewis. “He's earned tremendous respect from coaches, teammates and management. He did tremendous things for us while he was here, and we look forward to having him blend back in and uplift us as defensive football team.”

Johnson signed with the Bengals one-day after being courted by former Cincinnati Defensive Coordinator, Mike Zimmer, in Minnesota. Zimmer will be entering his second season as head coach for the Vikings.

Fellow defensive end, Carlos Dunlap, credits Johnson as a key cog to the Bengals' pass rush. 

“Looking forward to getting back on the field with Mike and finishing up what we started and getting back to what we do best,” said Dunlap. “And, collaborating on events in the community now that I have my foundation officially up and running.”

Details of the four-year contract have not been announced.

FOX19 NOW will continue to update when more information becomes available.

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