Longtime Bengals color analyst Dave Lapham fully expects free agent RE Michael Johnson to be back with the team in 2013.
Lapham is better-sourced than most local analysts. "I think they'll get Michael Johnson done," said Lapham. "If they have to (franchise) tag him, they have to tag him. He'll definitely be back." It's become evident that the Bengals view Johnson as a higher priority than fellow free agent RT Andre Smith. "There's going to be more than one team in the league that's going to offer him premiere right tackle money," Lapham said of Smith. "They have to decide if they want to match that kind of an offer or spend it elsewhere."