Rudi Signs 5 Year Contract

Rudi Johnson signs five-year contract with Bengals

Running back Rudi Johnson said all along that he wanted to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals for the long term.

Wednesday, he signed a five-year deal to remain in Cincinnati through the 2009 season. That assures the Bengals that he and other core offensive players - including quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receivers Chad Johnson and TJ Houshmanzadeh could stay together through at least the 2008 season. Rudi Johnson's new contract replaces a one-year deal he signed with the Bengals last week. Terms of his new deal weren't disclosed. The Bengals drafted the 25-year-old Johnson in the fourth round in 2001 from Auburn.