2014 NFL free agency rumors: Michael Johnson not expected to re-sign with Bengals
Now that Michael Bennett, one of the top free agent defensive ends, has re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks, the market for defensive ends has gotten a whole lot thinner.
Without Bennett on the market, Johnson becomes one of the premier 4-3 defensive ends, and the teams who came up short in the race for Bennett could ultimately decide to throw more money in his direction.
Johnson is receiving interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have long been searching for a star defensive end, and the Chicago Bears are also expected to enter the mix after failing to land Bennett, the brother of Bears TE Martellus Bennett. Free agency begins at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday afternoon, so look for Johnson to either sign a big money deal or make an official visit shortly after the time passes.