Bucs make offer to DE George Johnson

Current Detroit Lions defensive end George Johnson may be making his way back to Tampa after all. The Buccaneers have made the defensive end a three year offer. Because he is a restricted free agent, the Lions are able to match the offer within five days to keep him on the team.

Johnson went undrafted in 2010 and was then signed by the Bucs. He played, sparsely, for the team before being released midway through the 2012 season. He was then picked up by the Vikings, who released him halfway through the 2013 season. The Lions acquired him during the 2014 offseason. He had a breakout season with the team, playing in all 16 games and recording 29 tackles, six sacks and one pass defense.

Johnson met with the team on April 2, 2015. If acquired, Johnson would fill a void in Tampa’s defensive line left by the disappointing defensive end Michael Johnson (#90), who was released by the team after being hyped as a great free agent pickup in the 2014 offseason.

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