ESPN's Josina Anderson reports free agent DE Michael Johnson is not expected to re-sign with the Bengals.
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That's been the expectation amongst the Cincinnati media for some time. The Bucs are reportedly making a "hard push" for Johnson's services, while the Bears will likely ramp up their pursuit after whiffing on Michael Bennett.
The move saves $1.775 million in cap room, although it leaves a whopping $6.45 million in "dead money" on the Giants' cap. Baas, 32, has broken down physically in recent years, and the G-Men have interest in ex-Packers C Evan Dietrich-Smith. Dietrich-Smith played under new Giants OC Ben McAdoo in Green Bay. Recovering from a knee injury, Baas may resurface on a minimum contract.