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Running back Larry Johnson inks deal to join the Cincinnati Bengals

By Joe Reedy • jreedy@enquirer.com • November 17, 2009


Larry Johnson is a Bengal after agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with the team this morning. The Bengals still have not made an official announcement since they still have to make a roster move to put Johnson on the 53-man roster.


Johnson arrived on Monday night in Cincinnati and met with the coach Marvin Lewis and his staff. Since being released by the Chiefs last Monday, Johnson had talked but the Bengals will be the one to take a chance on the oft-troubled seven-year running back. Lewis spoke with Johnson last Thursday about possibly coming to the team.


ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Johnson will receive the $4 million still owed by the Chiefs, who had to pick up the salary when he wasn't claimed off waivers, plus the veteran's minimum, which would be $306764.43 for the remaining seven games.


Lewis also said on Monday that Johnson would be the fourth running back and that the role of the three backs on the roster would not change.



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LJ will officially join Bengals on Tuesday morning, agent says



Larry Johnson has his second chance. The troubled former Chiefs running back will sign Tuesday morning with the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnson's agent told The Star late Monday night.


Peter Schaffer wrote in an e-mail that Johnson's deal would be finalized early Tuesday, a day after Johnson reportedly was in Cincinnati to meet with Bengals coaches. Reports surfaced Monday that Johnson, who was released last week by the Chiefs after 6 ½ seasons, was being courted by the Bengals after running back Cedric Benson suffered a hip injury in Sunday's win against Pittsburgh.



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