Bengals cut Tank Johnson

The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran defensive tackle Tank Johnson.

Whether Johnson is done in the NFL remains to be seen. The eight-year veteran more or less announced his situation on Twitter last night, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“Left my momma 11 years ago and said momma I’m goin to play football! Been gone every since. Momma I’m comin home,” Johnson wrote.

A former second-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears, Johnson joined the Bengals in 2009 and signed a three-year contract last season. A knee injury derailed him and Cincinnati determined it was time to move on. He was due to earn $2.25 million.

Johnson drew national attention as a member of the Bears in 2006 when a SWAT team raided his home in Gurnee, Ill., in search of weapons. The Bears ordered him to kick a man who was living in his home out as the team deemed him a negative influence. Johnson was with the man – William Posey – at a Chicago nightclub when Posey was shot dead.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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