According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, all indications are that defensive end Michael Johnson will play out this coming season under the franchise tag.
All is silent right now on the #bengals-Michael Johnson front. In other words, indications are he plays under the tag this year
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) July 8, 2013
Johnson is a very underrated defensive end who racked up 11.5 sacks in 2012. The Bengals may want to see how he plays after having a great year.