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Bengals sign Johnson

Updated: November 17, 2009, 8:09 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CINCINNATI -- Larry Johnson might have his career up and running sooner than expected.

The running back who was banished from Kansas City for bad behavior signed on for a backup role with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, giving the AFC North leaders depth for the rest of this season.

Because NFL veteran contracts are guaranteed at the start of the regular season, Johnson will collect $4 million from the Chiefs and earn an additional $255,290 from the Bengals, the veteran minimum ...

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