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Bengals Bites (3/16) - Bringing MJ Home

The Bengals re-sign Michael Johnson to add a familiar face and hopefully familiar production to the defense. They also probably receive a 3rd round compensatory pick for him in the draft. Is there anyone left in free agency?

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Bengals sign Michael Johnson
In an interesting turn of events, the Bengals will receive what's likely to be a third-round compensatory pick (pick slotted after conclusion of third round) this year for the loss of Johnson to Tampa even while he's back on the team. Compensatory picks are based around free agents losses from the previous season calculated primarily by total contract while figuring in playing time. Even though Johnson returns to Cincinnati, his year in Tampa still reflects the Bengals free agent losses from the 2014 offseason.

Michael Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals agree to deal - ESPN
Free-agent defensive lineman Michael Johnson, who spent his first five seasons in Cincinnati before signing a lucrative deal last year with Tampa Bay, reached an agreement on a four-year contract Sunday to return to the Bengals. Johnson's deal is worth $20 million with $6 million due in 2015, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Ranking Cincinnati Bengals' Best Remaining Free-Agency Options | Bleacher Report
The Cincinnati Bengals seem about done with this year's free-agent market.  To date, the team has filled most of its needs, meaning coach Marvin Lewis and the front office can set their sights on the upcoming draft and form a plan of attack.

Michael Crabtree, Tramon Williams among the top free agents left | ProFootballTalk
So who's left in free agency? Per PFT's rankings, here are the top 12 unsigned players as of Sunday: 13) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. 32) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. 40) Ex-Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. 41) Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski.

NFLPA Re-Elects DeMaurice Smith As Executive Director, For Some Reason
The NFL Players Association re-elected incumbent Executive Director DeMaurice Smith early Monday morning. This year's election had swollen to nine candidates, many of whom were ridiculous and under-qualified, but there had been a growing sense that the players were increasingly unhappy with Smith and could make a change. Instead, Smith won a third term as head of the union.

DeMaurice Smith wins third term as NFLPA executive director | ProFootballTalk
After a democratic free-for-all, the band is staying together in Washington. DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected for his third term as NFL Players Association executive director.  He won on the first ballot which means he got at least 17 of the 32 votes.