The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of defensive tackle, Tank Johnson on Tuesday. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as Johnson was listed as a starter on the Bengals depth chart. He did not play on Friday in Detroit, however, and the Bengals have shown they are moving toward utilizing their younger players on defense.
Geoff Hobson reports this morning that the move was related to Johnson's inconsistency in being able to practice. The 29 year-old Johnson came to the Bengals in 2009 after a tumultuous career with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys that saw him in many off-the-field controversies. As a Bengals, Johnson had no such incidents.
In 2009, Johnson recorded 39 tackles and two sacks. Last year, however, he injured a knee midway through the season and never returned. His replacement, Geno Atkins, performed well in his absence. His high "motor" and ability to get into the backfield won praise from defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and head coach Marvin Lewis. It will be Atkins now teaming up with Domata Peko in the middle of the Bengals line.
In other roster moves, the Bengals waived free agent tight end Garrett Mills. The team practices tonight at Georgetown.
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