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Height/Weight: 6-7/270 | Birthdate: 2/7/1987 | Birthplace: Selma, AL, USA | Team: Cincinnati | College: Georgia Tech | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 16/4
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Michael Johnson to return to Bengals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Free agent defensive end Michael Johnson has agreed to return to the Bengals.

CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reports that Johnson has agreed to a four-year deal that will pay him $14 million next season. 

Johnson spent the first five years of his career with the Bengals before leaving for the Bucs, last season. He had four sacks and two forced fumbles last year. 

Johnson also considered the Vikings. "(Cincinnati) is my home. I feel like outside of Selma, this is my home," he told Chris Tomasson of the St Paul Pioneer Press.

"Our entire organization is just ecstatic about getting Mike back," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey.


Reports: Michael Johnson to choose between Bengals, Vikings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Defensive end Michael Johnson will visit the Bengals before making his final decision, according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports.

Johnson, who was released by the Buccaneers on Wednesday, had a "very good" visit the Vikings earlier this week, per the Star Tribune. The 28-year-old played his first five seasons in Cincinnati under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, now Minnesota's head coach. He registered 27 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles last season at Tampa Bay.

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Report: DE Michael Johnson to visit Vikings


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/12/2015) Released by the Buccaneers on Wednesday, defensive end Michael Johnson will visit the Vikings first, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson played his first five seasons in Cincinnati under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, now Minnesota's head coach.

Johnson, 28, had four sacks and two forced fumbles to go with 27 tackles in 14 games last season.

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Buccaneers terminate contract of DE Michael Johnson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) The Buccaneers terminated the contract of defensive end Michael Johnson by 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, per the team's official website.

Johnson was considered one of the top free agents of last year's class. With the move, Tampa Bay will remain on the hook for $7 million of his guaranteed money, but will avoid an additional $7 million from becoming guaranteed.

Johnson, 28, started 13 of 14 games played for the Buccaneers. He finished 2014 with 20 tackles and four sacks.

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Jamaal Charles among Chiefs ready to face Arizona


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/7/2014) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (knee) is active for the game at Arizona after being listed as probable.

Other probables suiting up are wideout Donnie Avery (groin), punter Dustin Colquitt (calf), tight end Anthony Fasano (knee), linebacker Dee Ford (quadriceps), linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), linebacker James-Michael Johnson (knee), linebacker Josh Mauga (back), guard Mike McGlynn (quadriceps), cornerback Chris Owens (knee) and cornerback Sean Smith (groin).


Verner, Michael Johnson among questionable Buccaneers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Buccaneers have ruled out Doug Martin for Week 11 against Washington. Martin is the only player on Tampa Bay's final injury report ruled out for Sunday. Michael Johnson (hand), Luke Stocker (hip) and Alterraun Verner (hamstring) were deemed questionable. Josh McCown (back), Gerald McCoy (groin), Anthony Collins (foot) and Demar Dotson (neck) were labeled probable.

Buccaneers reveal Week 10 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/9/2014) The Buccaneers declared cornerback Alterraun Verner (hamstring), left tackle Anthony Collins (foot), running back Doug Martin (ankle), defensive end Michael Johnson (hand), wideout Robert Herron, guard Kadeem Edwards, tight end Luke Stocker (hip) inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Doug Martin among notable Buccaneers labeled questionable


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) The Buccaneers unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 10 vs. Atlanta. Doug Martin is among the most notable players on the list. He was labeled doubtful for Sunday's game with an ankle injury. Alterraun Verner (hamstring) and Anthony Collins (foot) were the only other players deemed doubtful.

The following players were ruled questionable: Lavonte David (knee), Vincent Jackson (foot), Michael Johnson (hand), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (thumb), Charles Sims (ankle), Akeem Spence (hamstring) and Luke Stocker (hip).


Buccaneers DE Michael Johnson good to go in Week 9


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Defensive end Michael Johnson has been cleared to play by the Buccaneers on Sunday in Cleveland despite a hand injury that had him designated as questionable.


Two red-lighted by Buccaneers for Week 9 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) Linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and kick returner Trindon Holliday (hamstring) have been ruled out by the Buccaneers for their Sunday game in Cleveland.

Those listed as doubtful are tackle Anthony Collins (foot) and featured back Doug Martin (ankle). Defensive end Michael Johnson (hand) is questionable while center Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee) and wideout Vincent Jackson (rib) are probable.


Bye week comes at opportune time for Bucs DL Michael Johnson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson has been hobbled by an ankle injury since getting hurt in the season opener. He has missed one game and has been limited in others.

Though, the Bucs seem pretty thankful they are on a bye Week 7 since it gives Johnson an opportunity to rest.

"For us, it’s a factor," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said, per the team's official website. "He’s been playing injured. This week is going to help him tremendously. We’re not going to tax him much this week at least, and we’ll take it slow next week. So we need a healthier Michael Johnson and we should get that by having these two weeks.

"From that second play of that Carolina game – that was one of the plays that we looked at yesterday as we were going through our self-scout – to see him on the ground grimacing, from that point on, it’s just been an uphill battle to try to get him back healthy. He’s made great progress with the time that we’ve had him and the time he’s missed. But he’s not the player that we had coming out of training camp, because of that injury. But the time off this week and next week should help him. He’ll be closer to what we all expect to see when we line up against our next opponent."


Bucs list half-dozen questionable for game against Saints


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Six Buccaneers have been deemed questionable for the Sunday game at New Orleans. Included is now-backup quarterback Josh McCown (thumb).

The other questionables are safety Mark Barron (abdomen), linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder), defensive end Michael Johnson (ankle), defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (hand) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle).

Defensive end Larry English (hamstring), wide receiver Mike Evans (groin) and safety Dashon Goldson (ankle).


Michael Johnson registers pair of sacks in Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson certainly filled the stat sheet Sunday against the host Steelers.

Johnson not only recorded his first two sacks of the year, but added three more tackles in the defeat of Pittsburgh. Not bad considering he entered the game with three total tackles in two games this season.


Michael Johnson fine for clash in Pittsburgh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson is set to play their Week 4 game against the Steelers despite an ankle injury that limited him in practice and designated him as questionable.


Buccaneers release injury report for game against Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The Buccaneers issued their Friday injury report with nine players. Included are defensive end Larry English (hamstring) and linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder), both of whom have been ruled out.

Quarterback Josh McCown (thumb) is doubtful while defensive end Michael Johnson (ankle) is questionable. The probables are defensive end William Gholston (shoulder), wide receiver Vincent Jackson (wrist), running back Doug Martin (knee), defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (hand) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle).


Bucs probables should give it a go Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Buccaneers should have a number of players available Week 3 against Tampa.

Da'Quan Bowers, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Demar Dotson, William Gholston, Logan Mankins and Bradley McDougald were all active for Thursday's game. All six players were probable coming into the game.

Michael Johnson was listed as questionable, but should also be able to play. 


Key Bucs defenders on injury report


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/17/2014) Several key Buccaneers defenders are on the injury report for Thursday's game in Atlanta. Among them, defensive end Michael Johnson is questionable with an ankle injury.

Defensive ends William Gholston (shoulder) and Da'Quan Bowers (abdomen) are probable, as is safety Bradley McDougald (knee).


Buccaneers list inactives for Week 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The Buccaneers ruled the following players inactive for Week 2 against the Rams: Doug Martin, Rashaan Melvin, Kevin Pamphile, Rishaw Johnson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Michael Johnson.

Buccaneers missing two from defense for Week 2


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Buccaneers defense will be without defensive back Rashaan Melvin (ankle) and defensive lineman Michael Johnson (ankle) in Week 2 against the Rams, as both have been ruled out for Sunday's game.

Neither player was able to participate during this week's practice sessions, so their scheduled absence from Sunday's game does not come as much of a surprise.


Michael Johnson dealing with ankle injury


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/10/2014) Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson rolled his ankle Week 1 against the Panthers, reports the Tampa Tribune. Johnson has improved and is walking without a boot, but it's unclear if he'll play Sunday against the Rams. He made six tackles in the opener.

Robert Ayers to visit Bengals


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/17/2014) Free agent defensive end Robert Ayers will visit the Bengals on Tuesday, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Ayers had 5.5 sacks with the Broncos last season and is a potential replacement for Michael Johnson, who signed with the Buccaneers.

La Canfora: Michael Johnson heading to Bucs


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) It sounds like free agent defensive end Michael Johnson signing with the Buccaneers is a done deal, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora reports that Johnson will sign in Tampa Bay for $8.5 million a year with around $24 million guaranteed.

Johnson is considered the top pass rusher available in free agency this offseason. With the Bengals the last two seasons Johnson has 15 sacks, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and over 100 total tackles.


Bucs, Michael Johnson close to deal?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) The Buccaneers and free agent defensive end Michael Johnson are in "serious discussions" according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson is considered the top pass rusher available in free agency this offseason. 

With the Bengals the last two seasons Johnson has 15 sacks, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and over 100 total tackles. 


Bucs aggressively courting Michael Johnson


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/9/2014) The Buccaneers are "making a hard push" to sign free agent defensive end Michael Johnson, reports the Chicago Tribune. Johnson had 21 sacks over his last three seasons with the Bengals.

Michael Johnson given slim chance of returning to Bengals


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/10/2014) Echoing multiple reports recently, the Cincinnati Enquirer says there's a 20 percent chance defensive end Michael Johnson re-signs with the Bengals. The Bengals have too much money tied up in defensive end Carlos Dunlap and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to pay Johnson his market value.

Johnson played under the franchise tag in 2013. Re-tagging him and paying an estimated $12.5 million for one more season is "about the only way he returns," according to the paper.