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Bengals give DT Tank Johnson 4-year deal

CINCINNATI (AP) — Defensive tackle Tank Johnson has signed a four-year deal to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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.