Bengals talking long-term extension with Michael Johnson

Jamie Sabau

According to the NFL Network, the Cincinnati Bengals are talking to Michael Johnson's representatives about a long-term deal.

If the Cincinnati Bengals are unable to sign Michael Johnson to a long-term deal by 4 p.m (ET) on Monday, Johnson will play under the franchise tag with a guaranteed $11.175 one-year salary. Over the past month, multiple reports indicated that a deal wasn't likely.

However, the Bengals and Johnson's representatives are talking, according to Albert Breer with the NFL Network.

Based on Jason La Canfora's report that was published on June 20, the gap between what the Bengals believe is market value is significant.

There doesn't seem to be much optimism at all regarding this situation. They haven't been able to agree on a market value and the Bengals are going to have to prepare to franchise all-world defensive tackle Geno Atkins come 2014 given the chasm that exists in their early negotiations with him. There is some skepticism about how deep the Bengals will dig to keep talent, and with three defensive linemen needing to get paid in the next nine to 10 months...

And unless they're feeling more comfortable with Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, we highly doubt a deal is struck by the deadline.

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