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Posts Tagged ‘Tank Johnson.’

Tank Johnson released by Bengals

 

Tank Johnson (NFL photo)

The Cincinnati Bengals have released defensive tackle Tank Johnson, who missed nine games last season due to a knee injury.

The 29-year-old from Gary, Indiana has also played for Chicago and Dallas.

He is a graduate of the University of Washington.

Johnson had been limited during the current training camp and did not play in last week’s 34-3 loss to open the preseason against the Detroit Lions.

By releasing Johnson, the Bengals are giving second-year defensive lineman Geno Atkins a chance to start.

 

Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals sign draft choice DT Geno Atkins

compiled from staff, wire and Bengals news

The Cincinnati Bengals draft nine players in the 2010 NFL Draft. They now have three of the nine signed to contracts.

They agreed to terms Friday with fourth-round pick Geno Atkins. The defensive tackle signed a four-year deal worth $2.262 million as a base salary plus a signing bonus of $472,450.

Atkins, who was the University of Georgia’s defensive MVP in 2009, will be playing in a rotation that includes Domata Peka, Tank Johnson, Pat Sims, Orien Harris and Clinton McDonald.

Geno Atkins Bengals (U of Georgia photo)

Atkins is a quick and strong player, but the scouting reports say his play at Georgia was inconsistent.

As a sophomore in 2007, he had 7.5 sacks, starting 7 games.

In 2008 as a junior, he started all 13 games and had 5 sacks.

In 2009, as a senior, he had 3.5 sacks and started only 3 games. In the Independence Bowl win over Texas A&M, Atkins had three tackles, a sack and a blocked field goal to win defensive MVP honors.

NFL NOTES

Bengals Marvin Lewis (NFL)

Compiled by staff and wire reports

* Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis says that he wants to bring back safety Roy Williams and defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Some members of the Cincinnati area media wonder why Lewis wants Williams back for 2010 considering he missed the final 12 games with a chronic forearm injury. Johnson had 29 tackles and two sacks in 13 starts for Mike Zimmer’s defense.

Meanwhile Coach Lewis is entering the final year of his contract and says he isn’t worried about being a potential lameduck coach. “I’m only thinking about 2010.”

* Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young has two more seasons and $20 million left on his contract. Not to mention  a $4.25 million roster bonus which will be due March 10. Young is looking for an extension. He regained his starting role after the Titans 0-6 start and led the team toan 8-2 finish down the stretch.

* New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith just a few weeks ago hired CAA to handle his contract negotiations. Smith will be due $550,000 in 2010, the final year of his rookie contract. Smith caught 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009.