Bucs acquire DE Johnson in trade with Lions

It seemed as though the Detroit Lions may have intended to match the Buccaneers offer to defensive end George Johnson, but instead gave him away in a trade.

The Lions technically “disputed” the Bucs offer, but in reality the club was simply seeking clarification from an arbitrator. At issue were de-escalator clauses which could have dropped the value of the deal from $9 million to $7 million.  The Lions wanted to know how much they had to drop to match the deal–$7 million or $9 million.

In the end, the issue never made it to the hearing. The two clubs agreed to a trade: the Lions would give Johnson and a 7th round pick and receive a 5th round pick from the Buccaneers.

The trade will add depth to the defensive line, which struggled last season.

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