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Bengals planning to franchise DE Johnson

Tag would give pass rusher $11.175 million salary for 2013. Terry McCormick

Print This March 01, 2013, 12:27 PM EST

The Cincinnati Bengals have plans to franchise defensive end Michael Johnson by Monday's deadline, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Johnson had 11.5 sacks for the Bengals in 2012 and would make $11.175 million under the franchise tag if no long-term deal can be brokered between now and the July 15 deadline for an extension for the coming season.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for  TitanInsider.com

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