Riders have had contract extension discussions with DL Micah Johnson

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There has been contract extension talks between the Riders and defensive lineman Micah Johnson.

“The team has told me they like what I did, liked the season I had. Talking to (Jeremy O’Day), conversations he’s had with my agent have been all positive,” Johnson told 620 CKRM’s Derek Taylor.

The 31-year-old signed a one-year contract for the 2019 season with Saskatchewan worth $250,000, according to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk. That made Johnson the highest paid defensive player in the CFL. He recorded 26 tackles and four sacks in 15 games during his first year with the Riders.

“You see the turnover they’re having with the coaching staff, trying to get everything locked down,” Johnson said. “So, I understand that they have to get those type of things situated before.”

Johnson was a CFL all-star in 2018 producing 28 tackles, 14 quarterback takedowns — second most in the league — with three forced fumbles and one interception. That’s how he became known as the most disruptive inside force in the CFL.

Prior to coming north of the border, Johnson went unselected in the 2010 NFL draft. He spent his rookie training camp with the Miami Dolphins and made five tackles with 1.5 sacks in four pre-season contests. During Johnson’s NFL debut with the Dolphins he made one tackle. After stints on the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals practice squads, Johnson signed with Calgary in 2013.

Through six seasons with the Stampeders, Johnson recorded 158 tackles, 41 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions. Johnson turned down more than $200,000 from Calgary to hit the open market and eventually switched to Saskatchewan.

Johnson could hit see what CFL free agency has to offer when it opens at 12 p.m. eastern time on February 11, 2020. Unless the Riders lock down the interior force.