Johnson goes back to Bengals | Shark Bites | Draft Sharks

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that DE Michael Johnson has reached a deal with the Bengals. The reported 4-year contract returns Johnson to the team that drafted him back in 2009. After 5 years in Cincinnati, Johnson signed for big money with Tampa Bay last offseason as a free agent. Then he sprained an ankle in Week 1 and never seemed to get on track. If he can stay healthy, Johnson should boost a Bengals pass rush that Pro Football Focus graded worst in the league last year but 20th in 2013 (with Johnson aboard). Expect Johnson to win back his starting right DE job and present some solid IDP value. Dynasty IDP owners waiting for a DE Margus Hunt breakthrough will apparently have to keep waiting.

Recent Shark Bites

Just a day after the Bengals released him, multiple reports say DE Michael Johnson is re-signing with the team. It's not a surprising move, given that Johnson had been running as a starter in preseason. Expect him to reprise his 2017 role, perhaps ceding a few more snaps to the younger guys at the position.

The Bengals have cut veteran DE Michael Johnson. He had been back with the team for 3 years after leaving briefly for Tampa in 2014 free agency. Overall, Johnson has played 8 years in Cincinnati. He just started the team's 3rd preseason game opposite DE Carlos Dunlap, and re-signing could still be an option. We'll see if the Bengals make any more moves on that front before altering our IDP projections for the team's younger DEs. Jordan Willis and rookie Sam Hubbard present intrigue on that front.

Bengals DE Michael Johnson is active for today's game against the Jaguars. He's a weak IDP option, though, with a back issue that forced him out of last week's game early.

Bengals DE Michael Johnson (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Johnson put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday's. He's not worth waiting on for IDP owners, but we'll update his status Sunday in case you need to.

Bengals DE Michael Johnson (shoulder) is active for tonight's game against the Texans. He doesn't make for a strong IDP play against Houston, though.

Recent Featured Analysis

Read All Analysis
Is Philip Rivers' Departure Good for Mike Williams?

The Chargers' #2 WR saw his targets go deeper but his TDs dry up in 2019. Could a change at QB unlock further fantasy football upside?

20 hours ago Read More
How high is Carson Wentz's fantasy ceiling?

Injuries to Wentz and his pass-catchers have stunted his production over the past 3 seasons. But Wentz has top-5 upside in 2020 if things break right.

8:05am EDT 5/22/20 Read More
Should you believe in Melvin Gordon as a Bronco?

Melvin Gordon must share a backfield with standout Phillip Lindsay. Will it be fruitful or frustrating for fantasy football owners?

10:05am EDT 5/20/20 Read More
Evan Engram: Too Risky or Too Cheap?

Engram has had trouble staying healthy through 3 NFL seasons. But he's been an excellent fantasy producer when on the field. So how should we approach him in 2020 fantasy drafts?

11:05am EDT 5/18/20 Read More
Podcast: Projections Party 5-14-20

The projections party is done. And these are the guys we couldn't stop fighting over ...

6:05pm EDT 5/14/20 Read More
The Anatomy of a Projection

A behind-the-scenes look at how we come up with the detailed projections that fuel the rankings and MVP Board.

1:05pm EDT 5/14/20 Read More
Should Ezekiel Elliott be the #2 pick in fantasy drafts?

With a 4-year track record of elite production, Elliott looks like 1 of the safest picks in the 1st round of 2020 fantasy drafts.

11:05am EDT 5/12/20 Read More

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Download on Google Play