Former Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson is expected to visit the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Recently-released Bucs DE Michael Johnson's first visit will be with the Minnesota Vikings, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2015
Though, another source says the visit is yet to be set in stone.
Source confirms DE Michael Johnson to visit #Vikings. Not finalized, but probably will visit Friday.— Mark Craig (@markcraignfl) March 12, 2015
Johnson, who signed a five-year deal worth $43.75 million last year, was released on Wednesday after a disappointing first season in an effort to help save money against the cap. During his only season with the Buccaneers, Johnson posted four quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles while dealing with an ankle injury that never seemed fully recovered.
The Cincinnati Bengals are significantly interested in adding Johnson back to the team. When word surfaced that Johnson could be released, the team reportedly expressed interest in a reunion. Then the Buccaneers released Johnson, forcing the Bengals to "put on the brakes" with defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was visiting with the team on Wednesday.