Johnson started 13 games last season despite a case of plantar faciitis in his right foot that limited his mobility and caused a lot of pain. He felt better as the season went along, and tied for the team lead with 10 tackles in a playoff loss to the Jets.
Johnson came to Cincinnati on a one-year deal from Dallas. The Bengals consider him an important part of their defensive line rotation and a reason why their run defense improved last season. Cincinnati finished fourth overall in defense last season, seventh against the run.