And just like that, it was over before it even started. According to a report from Tim McManus, the Philadelphia Eagles won't be signing free agent Michael Johnson. The Eagles reportedly had interest in signing Johnson and converting the Bengals' 4-3 defensive end into a 3-4 edge rusher. It appears the asking price for Johnson became too high. Here's what McManus had to say:
No dice on Michael Johnson. There are a few teams in the mix as negotiations come down to the wire, and the Eagles are not among them. Looks like the Cincinnati edge rusher is going to get paid pretty handsomely. Out of Eagles' desired price range.
The Eagles surely had interest in Johnson, but it appears they didn't want to break the bank for a guy who would be converting positions. The Eagles will look to bolster their pass rush in other ways. Unfortunately for Philly, the market for 3-4 outside linebackers isn't very deep. Top options Brian Orakpo and Jason Worilds were both tagged by their respective teams earlier in the week. OLB Mike Neal, who the Eagles were also reportedly interested in, could still be in play.
But for now, scratch one more potential Eagles' free agent target off the list.