Posted: 4:49 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014

Falcons sign Mike Johnson to one-year extension 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley (61) and guard Mike Johnson (79) block defensive tackle Trey Lewis (97) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (99) during NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley (61) and guard Mike Johnson (79) block defensive tackle Trey Lewis (97) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (99) during NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

FLOWERY BRANCH — With free agency set to start at 4 p.m. Tuesday, teams can keep negotiating with their own players in order to keep them from reaching the open market.

The Falcons, who were in “active talks” to retain the services of offensive lineman Mike Johnson, reached a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Johnson, after a productive 2012 season as the jumbo tight end, was set to take over at right tackle last season before he suffered a dislocated left ankle and fractured fibula during an exhibition season practice with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The injury required surgery and he was placed on injured reserve.

Johnson was injured on the first play of the 9-on-7 inside run drills. He left the team’s facilities in an ambulance.

Johnson played in all 16 games in 2012 and made one start. The Falcons were hoping that Johnson would be an athletic upgrade over the gritty Tyson Clabo, who was released last offseason.

Johnson was highly touted coming out of the SEC and Alabama. Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters said that Johnson was the toughest player he faced while playing for Kentucky.

Johnson, a four-year starter at Alabama, was a third-round pick (98th overall) in the 2010 NFL draft.

The Falcons, who have elected not to use the franchise or transition tag this offseason, have now signed Johnson and defensive tackle Corey Peters to a one-year contract extensions.

The Falcons’ list of potential unrestricted free agents include defensive tackle/end Jonathan Babineaux, center/guard Joe Hawley, defensive tackle Peria Jerry, tackle Sean Locklear and tackle Jeremy Trueblood, tight end Chase Coffman, cornerback Dominique Franks and linebacker Omar Gaither.

16 comments
HonestInformed
HonestInformed

I sincerely hope we signed him to be a reserve player (and only gave him "back-up money")...........I will be VERY disappointed if the Falcons do not draft a stud OT (Robinson or Matthews) to play LT, draft a solid OG for RG      AND find a proven starting C or OT for the RT position in free agency!! 


I know we signed Baker for WAY too much $$$$$ to di him on the bench, but he is simply not the long term answer at LT or RT.......I say let's get the right guys for the OL now! Baker & Johnson should be trained to play multiple positions and kept as reserve players. Is there any chance Baker would renegotiate.......probably not. He seems like a great guy but I think it was a huge mistake giving him starter type money.


I was high on Konz (I bought into the media hype)........he has not looked up to the part. Huge drop off from McClure. I do not think Konz is strong enough for the NFL; will he get strong enough by August???? Hawley looked better; but the team needs a better C for line calls, preventing pressure up the middle & for a strong running game.

JSSN
JSSN

#Teamcrippled

58Supersports
58Supersports

What a joke....  Is that the best DT can do?

gfw
gfw

Sorry, but Johnson never gave me any reason why this re-signing makes sense; he certainly hasn't shown the kind of power that would make us competitive within our division (much less our conference).  My guess is that Smith & Dimitroff just aren't very committed a high talent-level on the OL---they don't seem to value it very highly relative to other parts of the team.  I think they're wrong about this, but of course maybe I'm the one who's wrong.  OTOH, every successful team I can think of has had a really stout OL. 

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Why the Falcons picks have so many injuries?

Jerry, Baker, Johnson, Peters, Weatherspoon, even Julio damn they can't stay healthy. 

doolie1
doolie1

He was hurt all but two games in 2011, started one game in 2012, out the whole season hurt in 2013.

I'm hoping the birds have something better than this recycling of o-line scubs since I just spent money on two tickets for the season.


Leviathan
Leviathan

May as well resign this guy since no other team probably would have. SMDH I wonder if some fans really know the whole story on Mike Johnson when they inquire about his chances to start? Bless your little hearts.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Is he going to compete at the right tackle spot D-Led? He was an All-American at Bama. I'm assuming he'll get every opportunity to win that job since he was the heavy favorite last season up until he got injured.

JSSN
JSSN

I'm not a Saints fan, you're wasting your palabra. 


DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JSSN  And we're no where close to crippled. We have PLENTY of cap space that we'll play around with. Chump. Go back to scrubbing the dish drainer at popeyes! NAWLEENS style

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@JSSN  Are you honestly talking about the Falcons with your Saints in complete disarray? You had to let go most of your starting lineup just to sign a TE that can't block and can't decide whether he wants to line up close to the tackle or out wide!

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgGoneIt

Two of the re-upped players are coming off major injuries 

Corey Peters (achilles tendon tear)

Mike Johnson (Broken fibula - Intra-articular fracture)

Possible major contributors coming off major injuries

Julio Jones (2nd surgical repair of metatarsual injury)

Kroy Biermann (Torn Achilles) See a pattern

Sam Baker (Back, Balky Knee surgically repaired)

Zeke Motta (Neck fusion surgery)

Then there's that Casper player who should be replacing Snelling in the fullback rotation (how many downs has he played in 2 seasons?)

Brady Ewing (Shoulder, following a torn ACL)

Yeah, you need to question your own "honesty." Amazing that you people are counting cap money that is not even on the books when you need it most, 4PM today. You sounded like a nut with "your" mess, "BLOG  STYLE." #Teamcrippled