After a season in which free agent defensive end Michael Johnson racked up 11.5 sacks, which was a career high and was second on the team behind defensive tackle Geno Atkins, the Bengals will, without a doubt, do everything they can to keep him in Cincinnati. A mark of a successful team is not only being smart in the draft and bringing in talented free agents, but re-signing their own talented players.

There's no question that Johnson is talented. He's tall with long arms and has the ability to explode past offensive tackles to put consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback. Coupled with other talented pass rushers, like Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, Johnson is a huge threat to any offense.

Over the last four seasons Johnson has had his ups and downs but his best season happened to be his contract year. Is that a coincidence? Probably not. If he played his cards right, Johnson would be up for a massive pay day. Money can be a massive motivator and if money is what Johnson was hoping to get, it could be the reason for his big season.