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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Bengals mailbag: Is Johnson replaceable?

By Coley Harvey

After a brief post-season hiatus, we're bringing the Cincinnati Bengals mailbag back.

Instead of running on Fridays as they did at the end of the regular season, the mailbags will run on Saturdays. Be sure to submit any Bengals-related questions you might have by tweeting me @ColeyHarvey, or emailing at coley.harvey@espn.com before noon each Friday.

Many of the questions I received for this week's mailbag had to do with defensive end Michael Johnson and what the future might look like for Cincinnati if he indeed won't be re-signed at the end of free agency. After commanding more than $11 million of cap space with his franchise tag this year, Johnson could be looking at more than $13 million if he's slapped with the tag once again next year. Since that likely won't be happening, the odds are strong he will soon be moving on elsewhere.

Is Cincinnati's current defensive end setup enough to prove Johnson is replaceable? That's one of the questions we get to in this week's Bengals mailbag: