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Bengals Talking New Contract With DE Michael Johnson
Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson has steadily improved, nearly doubling his six quarterback sacks in 2011 with 11.5 in 2012, which ranks fifth in a single-season in franchise history. Johnson, one of Cincinnati's 2009 third-round selections, is entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent that Cincinnati would like to have back.
"I would like to stay in Cincinnati. You can always find something wrong with your current position, but the grass is not always greener on the other side," Johnson told Robert Hudson with the Selma Times Journal. "This is the team thatís drafted me, they believed in me over everybody else, Iím embedded in the community up there, my teammates love me, the coaches and the owners. Everybody wants me to be there. Iím not against staying, whether thatís a long-term deal or if I was to get a franchise tag. However we can work it out, I would like to be a Cincinnati Bengal."
According to Johnson, the Cincinnati Bengals and Johnson's agent are talking.
"From what he told me, they really, really want me back ó the owners, the coaches, my teammates as well," Johnson said. "We've developed a nice brotherhood amongst us as a team. That's not always the case in every NFL locker room. We hang out together, weíre like high school teammates or college teammates. Our families hang out together, it's a different environment up there."
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