CINCINNATI, May 11 (UPI) -- Rudi Johnson, who will enter the 2004 season as a featured running back, was re-signed Tuesday to a one-year contract by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Johnson was a restricted free agent after last season, but the Bengals made sure he would remain with the club by tendering a one-year, $1.8 million offer. No team opted to match the offer, which would have required giving the Bengals a first- and third-round pick.
Last season, Johnson emerged after Corey Dillon suffered a groin injury and rushed for a career-high 957 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games.
Johnson's spot as a starter was solidified when Dillon was traded to the New England Patriots in the offseason.
Cincinnati took Michigan running back Chris Perry in the first round of April's draft, but he will start the season in a backup role.