With the Bengals now in their offseason, it’s clear coach Marvin Lewis wants safety Roy Williams and defensive tackle Tank Johnson re-signed.
“Oh yeah, they came in and did a great job and provided what we were looking for,” Lewis said of the pending free agents in an interview with the team’s official Web site.
Williams’ agent told Bengals.com on Thursday that he is in talks with the team about a new deal for his client. In his first season with the Bengals, Williams appeared and started four games before being placed on injured reserve with a chronic forearm injury.
Also in his first season in Cincinnati, Johnson had 29 tackles and two sacks in 13 starts.
In other news, the Bengals have no plans to franchise tag Shayne Graham for a second straight year. However, Lewis said there is still a chance the kicker will return to Cincinnati.
“Does he want to be a Cincinnati Bengal? We’ll give it a shot. We’ll let him decide,” Lewis said. “Shayne has had a good and productive career here. We’re not going to tag him again as the franchise player. He can sign back here or see what his value is on the market, which is not a bad thing.”
Graham received the Bengals’ 2009 franchise tag and has made 85 percent of his field-goal attempts, but he received a lot of heat for missing two kicks during an opening-round playoff loss to the Jets.