For offensive tackle Fred Johnson, his latest contract with the Cincinnati Bengals lasted all of 30 minutes. That’s not something you see every day in the NFL.

At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the Bengals announced that they were re-signing Johnson, a restricted free agent, to a one-year deal for the 2022 NFL season.

However, less than 30 minutes later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Bengals were now waiving Johnson after signing La’el Collins.

We’ve seen a lot of players decide to change their minds about signing with teams in recent days. Turns out, sometimes that decision comes from the teams too.

The Bengals have made upgrading their offensive line a major priority this offseason. So far, they’ve added three starters: guard Alex Cappa, center Ted Karras and offensive tackle La’el Collins, all of whom will be formally introduced on Tuesday. Johnson was initially going to be part of that new and improved O-line to protect Joe Burrow, signing a tender worth a minimum of $2.4 million, according to

Since he signed that, Johnson now heads to the waiver wire where any team that decides to claim him will have to handle that cost against their own salary cap. If no one claims him, then he’ll become an unrestricted free agent and any team, including the Bengals, can sign him at a lower price.

It’s unclear if this was some kind of strategic move by the Bengals to make sure Johnson wouldn’t get picked up on waivers or just a quick change of their mind when the numbers added up.

Johnson joined the Bengals during the 2019 season, appearing in 23 games and starting eight of them.

The move brought out a lot of interesting reactions, many of which chastised those who criticize players for changing their minds when teams also do it all the time.

We’ll find out soon if anyone picks up Johnson off waivers or if he’s a free agent. We’re guessing he won’t exactly be thrilled to work with the Bengals on a contract again if that happens.

[Adam Schefter]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to