Last season I made the misguided statement about the Bengals having one of the best linebacker groups in the NFL. Now, while my exuberance may have been responsible for such an outburst, one thing's for sure: While there may be a question about which team has the best, the Bengals appear to have one of the deeper squads out there.
The re-signing of Brandon Johnson ensures that, even if he's a University of Louisville alum.
Last season, Johnson played in all 16 regular season games, recording 67 tackles, 1.5 sacks and generally playing like a member of a quality depth unit should. As indicated, Johnson's return ensures the Bengals have some options if one of the starting linebackers gets hurt. Currently, I would expect the 2010 starters to be Dhani Jones, Rey Maualuga, and Keith Rivers; although, Rashad Jeanty might have something to say about who fits in the starting rotation.
Now, if the Bengals can add that kind of quality depth to their receiving group, who knows what the upcoming season will bring?