Bucs Sign DE George Johnson; Lions Can Match

The Buccaneers finally addressed one of their major needs in free agency by signing Lions defensive end George Johnson to an offer sheet on Tuesday.

The Buccaneers signed Lions DE George Johnson to a 3-year offer sheet on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Because Johnson is a restricted free agent, the Lions will now have five days to match the Bucs offer and keep Johnson. If the Lions refuse to match, the Buccaneers will have found themselves a new defensive end.

The defensive end position has been revamped by the Buccaneers this off-season. Gone are names like Michael Johnson, Adrian Clayborn, and DaQuan Bowers. Currently, Jacquies Smith, Larry English, Will Gholston, and Lawrence Sidbury are the only legit defensive ends on the roster.

If the Bucs do end up with Johnson, I do hope that their search for defensive ends does not stop there. Johnson spent 2010-2012 with the Buccaneers before joining the Vikings, and ultimately ending up with the Lions last season. Johnson did not have any sacks in his first 4 seasons before busting out with a whopping 6 sacks with the Lions in 2014.

Johnson can be good for depth, but the Bucs better still be searching for a legitimate pass rusher in this year's draft to help this defense.

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