Veteran defensive tackle Tank Johnson signed with the Bengals late Tuesday, joining a rotation that includes Pat Sims, Jason Shirley, Domata Peko, and Orien Harris.
At this point, assuming the Bengals got him on the cheap, what the hell could it hurt? The Bengals are already a joke around the league. They desperately needed to address their anemic defensive line, and at least this is something. The guy is only 27, and he has kept his nose clean since going over to Dallas in 2007. Plus, he will be much more effective in a 4-3 defense vs. the 3-4 he played in Dallas.
Now for the bad (or as Mike Brown would put it, his 'redeeming' qualities). The guy was arrested for illegal gun possession on more than one occasion. One time, they found enough guns in his home to successfully invade Afghanistan. He was suspended in 2007 for repeatedly violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The final straw for the Bears was his arrest for suspected DUI in Arizona.
However, Mike Zimmer seemed satisfied that Johnson's troubled days are behind him:
"I talked to a lot of football people down there, especially players," said Zimmer, who coordinated the Dallas defense for seven years before moving to Atlanta in 2007. "I asked if he was a good guy and if he was a guy they wanted as a teammate and they said they would and that he was a hard worker. And he wasn't in trouble for his two seasons down there."
I'll let Johnson's agent, Jerroid Colton, have the last word:
"I know the Bengals are being very careful with the players they're bringing in because of some of the things that have happened."
I don't even have a joke here.