When Michael Johnson and the Bengals were unable to reach a long-term agreement earlier this month, Cincinnati swung around and signed Carlos Dunlap to roughly the same contract offer that they had given to Johnson. One could imagine a slight disgruntledness or awkward situation between Johnson and Carlos Dunlap.
Not these fellows.
"I was excited for him. He’s done a lot of good things for us since he’s been here," said Johnson to reporters on Tuesday.. "He works hard. He deserves it," he said. "First thing I did was hit him up and congratulate him."
As for Johnson, Geoff Hobson described Johnson's mood as being very comfortable.
"I signed (the franchise tender) back in March. If I didn’t like it I wouldn’t have signed it. That’s the way it played out. I’m here to give everything I’ve got and have fun and help them make a Super Bowl run," Johnson said. "Because that’s the goal. At the end of the day, to be great you’ve got to put the team goals ahead of everything else. That’s what we’re all doing here, and that’s why I think we’ve got a good shot at doing something special. I’m happy to be a part of it. Everything else will follow. If the team does well, the defense does well, you do well, everybody wins. It’s going to all be all right."
As for Johnson, he's not worried about it. They'll just try again next year.
"I knew they wanted to get something done with me, him and Geno. It just didn’t work out with me," Johnson said. "It is what it is. It’s not going to be a distraction or anything. We’re still going to go out and ball, and when it’s time to take another look at that next year, then we’ll do it."