Michael Johnson (defensive end)

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Michael Johnson
No. 90     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-02-07) February 7, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Selma, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school: Plantersville (AL) Dallas County
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
Debuted in 2009 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2014
Tackles 222
Sacks 29.5
Interceptions 3
Forced fumbles 4
Passes deflected 25
Stats at NFL.com

Michael D. Johnson (born February 7, 1987) is an American football defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia Tech.

Early years[edit]

Johnson played at Dallas County High School in Plantersville, Alabama where he was a tight end. He caught 42 passes for 650 yards and six touchdowns as a senior while making 92 tackles and 14 sacks. He had 25 receptions for 300 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. He was also an outstanding basketball player, who averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds as a junior.

College career[edit]

As a senior at Georgia Tech, Johnson, in 2008, ended the regular season with Recorded 46 tackles (28 solos) as he led the team and finished third in the conference with nine sacks and 17.5 stops for losses and two forced fumbles. He was voted as an AFCA coaches First-team All-American with the likes of Brian Orakpo and Terrence Cody.[1] He also garnered first team All-ACC honors as well as numerous other accolades.

In 2007 Johnson played in 13 games and started one. He had 21 tackle (11 solo) and six went for losses. He had four sacks and forced three fumbles and recovered one. He also blocked two kicks. The previous season, 2006, he played in and started all 12 games and had 34 tackles (25 solo) and six were for a loss. He recorded five sacks and forced three fumbles and broke up two passes. In 2005, as a true freshman, he played in 11 games and had 5 solo tackles and one assisted for a total of six tackles, one going for a loss. He also recorded one sack and forced one fumble.

Professional career[edit]

2009 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 7 in 266 lb 4.69 s 1.54 s 2.66 s 4.37 s 7.42 s 38.5 in 10 ft 8 in 28 reps 27
All values from Central Florida Pro Day.[2]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Johnson was not selected in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft where many analysts predicted he would go, instead falling into the 3rd round and being picked up by the Bengals. During an interview, Johnson was mentioned by head coach Marvin Lewis as maybe being "one of the best pass rushers he has ever worked with."[3] Before the 2010 season, the Bengals announced that Johnson would be moved to outside linebacker.

In 2012, Johnson accumulated 52 tackles, 35 solo, and 11.5 sacks. He also had one interception and one force fumble.

The Bengals placed their non-exclusive franchise tag on Johnson on March 1, 2013.[4][5]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Johnson signed a five-year, $43.98 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 11, 2014.[6]


  1. ^ "Texas Tech's Harrell Headlines 2008 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team". 
  2. ^ nfldraftscout profile
  3. ^ Bengals.com Media
  4. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 1, 2013). "Michael Johnson gets Cincinnati Bengals' franchise tag". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  5. ^ Garafolo, Mike (March 1, 2013). "Bengals use franchise tag on DE Michael Johnson". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  6. ^ Harvey, Coley (March 11, 2014). "Michael Johnson agrees with Bucs". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 

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