The team was off today, but the front office remained busy, resigning unrestricted free agent linebacker Brandon Johnson to a one-year deal. As we've reported already this week, depth at linebacker had remained a chief concern for the Bengals with Keith Rivers out for an undetermined amount of time with a wrist injury and the loss of Rodrick Muckelroy. Getting Brandon Johnson back in the fold was a high priority for the team.
Johnson came to Cincinnati as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. Since then, he has arguably been the most consistent contributor among the linebackers, playing in all 48 games during his Bengal career. His versatility is also highly valued. He has played every linebacker position for the team and has also served admirably as special teams captain.
Johnson has also excelled in pass coverage with three interceptions as a Bengal. He will compete initially with Thomas Howard for the starting WLB position and presumably resume his role with special teams.
Now the team will turn its focus to another of their own free agents, defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene.
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