Bucs Trade for George Johnson

The Bucs ended up with George Johnson after a trade with the Lions.

After some confusion on the terms of the initial agreement, the Bucs have ended up with George Johnson on their roster.

As a restricted free agent, the Lions had the opportunity to match the offer sheet Johnson signed with the Buccaneers. The Lions did dispute some of the language in the agreement initially. To resolve the issue, the Lions matched the offer from the Bucs, and then turned around and traded Johnson to Tampa Bay.

The Lions sent Johnson and a late round pick to the Bucs in return for a Buccaneers late round pick. My assumption is that the teams flipped 7th round picks to finalize Johnson's move to the Bucs.

Johnson's acquisition by the Bucs may alter the approach the Bucs take into the draft. I do believe the Bucs could still address defensive end in the draft, but I do not envision they'd double up on the position. If the Bucs are comfortable with Jacquies Smith and George Johnson as their starters, they could wait until the 4th round and target defensive ends like Anthony Chickillo, Za'Darius Smith, or Trey Flowers to come in and provide depth and the ability to develop into an eventual starter.

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