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Bengals place franchise tag on DE Johnson

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Bengals have placed the franchise tag on defensive end Michael Johnson.

Johnson exploded for 11 1/2 sacks in 2012. Over four seasons with the Bengals, Johnson has 146 tackles, 23 sacks and two interceptions.

The tag on Johnson will require a one-year deal worth $11.175 million.

03/01 14:23:52 ET