The Cincinnati Bengals announced that defensive end Michael Johnson signed his $11.175 million franchise tag tender, which guarantees his salary for 2013 as well as his participation in the team's offseason workouts and training camp.

If Johnson hadn't signed his tender, he could've skipped practices this spring and summer because he wouldn't technically be under contract. But, with defensive ends signing for less than expected in free agency, it was wise for Johnson to sign and make sure he will get his franchise tender, which was the most expensive one in the NFL this year. Johnson is also the highest-paid player on the Bengals.

"We are glad to have this accomplished and to know we’ll have Mike with us for all of our offseason work,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “As I’ve said, making Mike our franchise player was part of the process to keep our defense together. It’s been a good defense the last couple years, and with the right work it can be better. Mike has worked hard to improve himself every year during his time as a Bengal, and we have every reason to believe he will continue to grow as a leader and productive player. And we will stay in contact with Mike’s representatives about possibly doing a longer deal.”