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According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson only has a 20% chance of still being on the team come next season. 

But, if NFL Insider Ian Rapaport is correct then even that estimation is far too high. 

Rapaport has said that sources claim that Johnson's exit is so well known in Cincinnati that his defensive line teammates no longer include him in offseason position group activities, knowing his time is coming to an end. 

Unable to agree a new long term deal with Johnson last year, the Bengals essentially handed his contract to Carlos Dunlap, another defensive and drafted Johnson's ready made replacement last year, by picking Margus Hunt in the second round in 2013.

Although Johnson's sacks dipped from 11.5 in 2012 to 3.5 in 2013, he was still one of the top all-around defensive ends in the league. He still excelled in stopping the run and hurrying opposing QB's.

Johnson's former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is now in charge at Minnesota and according to the NFLPA, the Vikings are in the top 10 of available cap space. 

Could a reunion be on the cards so quickly? Well it's not outside the realms of possibility. 

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