Report: Bengals sign Larry Johnson


Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday morning, a source told's John Clayton.

Terms of the deal were not available.

Johnson flew to Cincinnati on Monday to meet with the Bengals. Coach Marvin Lewis has told Johnson, who was released by the Chiefs, that he would be fourth on the team's depth chart at running back.

Starter Cedric Benson, who strained a hip muscle in Sunday's win in Pittsburgh that left the Bengals (7-2) in control of the AFC North, is expected to practice on a limited basis this week. Lewis said there's a chance he could play Sunday in Oakland.

Because NFL veteran contracts are guaranteed at the start of the regular season, Johnson is still going to make a little more than $4 million. Money was not an issue for Johnson to sign with the Bengals. It was the opportunity to continue playing this season that convinced him to sign.


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