Bucs cut Michael Johnson a year after signing him
Defensive end Michael Johnson was released by the Buccaneers Wednesday one year after being signed with the team. Heralded as one of the better free agency signings last year, Johnson had a disappointing season in 2014 with 27 tackles and four sacks in 14 games. The Buccaneers will eat $7 million in cap space with the release. Johnson signed a 5-year $43.75 million contract last year.
Bucs sign Conte, Melton and Carter
The team secured its first free agency addition on Wednesday with the signing of Linebacker Bruce Carter. Carter was drafted by the Cowboys in 2011 and has started 32 of 49 games for the team. He offers the Buccaneers some depth in the linebacking corps as he has experience playing both weakside and strongside linebacker. The deal is worth $20.5 million over four years.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton and safety Chris Conte were added to the roster on Thursday. Both played for Head Coach Lovie Smith in Chicago. Melton spent last season with the Cowboys. Melton and Conte both signed one year deals with the Bucs.
Mariota to visit Bucs Monday
Quarterback Marcus Mariota will visit One Buc Place on Monday. The visit will not include an on-field workout; that is scheduled for April. Bucs General Manager Jason Licht, director of player personnel Jon Robinson and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian all attended Mariota’s pro day Wednesday the 12th of March.
Bucs confirm Sterling Moore visit
Defensive back Sterling Moore is among this year’s free agents to visit the Buccaneers. The organization confirmed Moore was to visit the facilities this past Thursday, March 12th. Moore has been with the Cowboys since 2013 and played for New England and Oakland before that. He has played both cornerback and safety in his career. He has started just 10 games in his career, recording just 80 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Free agent update
Center Stefan Wisniewski, who visited with the Bucs last week, also has interest from the Seattle Seahawks. Wisniewski was to visit the Seahawks after trading away their starting center on day one of free agency. Currently he is still on the market. Another Buccaneers visitor has been taken out of the free agency pool. Outside linebacker and defensive end Derrick Morgan has signed a contract that would keep him with his current team the Tennessee Titans. Morgan visited the Buccaneers Wednesday, March 11th.
Adrian Clayborn signs with Falcons
Pass rusher Adrian Clayborn has signed with division rivals the Atlanta Falcons. The former Buc signed a one year contract potentially worth $4.5 million. Clayborn was drafted by the Buccaneers 20th overall in 2011. He had 13 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 5 forced fumbles, 74 tackles, and 35 assisted tackles in 36 games for the Buccaneers.