Soon after the deadline passed that prevents franchise players like Michael Johnson to sign a long-term extension until next year, the Cincinnati Bengals reached an agreement with defensive end Carlos Dunlap who was set to become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Despite "communication" taking place between Johnson's representatives and the team within an hour of the deadline, no agreement was struck.
According to Albert Breer with the NFL Network, the Bengals offered Johnson a five-year deal worth $40 million.
Bengals' final offer to Johnson was around $40M over 5 years. But considering he has $11.2M guar for '13, really $28.8M in new $ over 4.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 15, 2013
So it's not beyond reasonable doubt that the Bengals may have offered Dunlap Johnson's money, only adding a sixth year. Now Dunlap will make $20 million over the next two years with $18.7 million earned before training camp 2014. Johnson, on the other hand, is stuck with only $11.175 million guaranteed for one year.
It's a gamble for Johnson to decline Cincinnati's last offer, largely because his rise was based on 2012 and not prolonged success. But then again, Dunlap's extension is more about potential than what he's accomplished, kind of like Johnson.