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Buccaneers pushing hard to sign Michael Johnson

Nick Foles, Michael Johnson AP

Count the Buccaneers among the teams that would love to add Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson in free agency.

Johnson has already drawn interest from about a quarter of the league with two days to go before free agency officially opens, and according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Buccaneers are pushing hard to sign Johnson. New Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith would love to add a pass-rushing defensive end to his defense, and Johnson may be the best fit of any free agent available.

If Johnson gets the big contract it appears he’s about to get, then he has played free agency perfectly. Last year, when the market was down, Johnson decided to sign the franchise tag and play for the Bengals on a one-year salary of $11.2 million. This year the salary cap is higher and the market is up, and Johnson gets to test the free market.

Johnson, the No. 5 player on our Free Agent Hot 100, is surely about to become one of the highest-paid defensive ends in the NFL.

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17 Responses to “Buccaneers pushing hard to sign Michael Johnson”
  1. bonniebengal says: Mar 9, 2014 8:53 AM

    We will miss him. Best of luck to him. He’s a great player who is also a high character guy who gives back to the city he’s in. He’s a win-win.

  2. djshnooks says: Mar 9, 2014 8:53 AM

    I’d get so mad when he wouldn’t get re-signed by the Bengals in Madden, thinking, “this just isn’t realistic.” Guess I was wrong.

    I had huge hopes for this guy coming out of college, same with Derrick Morgan. Neither have lived up to what I thought they would be…but Johnson is close. I’d love to see him go to a team I like and can root for.

  3. ridnaway says: Mar 9, 2014 9:05 AM

    After DT Geno Atkins went on IR Johnson’s productivity dropped off significantly. This either indicates Johnson isn’t quite the threat people think, or it’s indicative of how much attention Atkins draws. Tampa Bay is so anxious to overpay Free Agents that they’ll sacrifice good players at other positions. (see Darrelle Revis)

    Enjoy another decade in the basement Bucs.

  4. TeamBalco says: Mar 9, 2014 9:06 AM

    I thought he would sign with Atl.

  5. ltsherman13 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:06 AM

    I sure hope that zimmer and Minnesota still have the edge on this one. He’d be a great replacement for allen

  6. youngs79 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:10 AM

    He’ll sign with the Vikings.

  7. zackd2 says: Mar 9, 2014 9:30 AM

    MJ is a good all around DE, great against the run but he’s not an elite pass rusher

  8. moeman79 says: Mar 9, 2014 10:02 AM

    he good but needs talent around him to free him from double teams.

  9. chiadam says: Mar 9, 2014 10:06 AM

    Overrated.

  10. sincejumpstreet says: Mar 9, 2014 10:24 AM

    Johnson is the kind of guy that gets GMs fired —
    good enough to get a big payday, but a threat to your cap when you write the check. I hope the Vikings sign him, but I also hope they don’t. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

  11. vikingsvoice says: Mar 9, 2014 11:29 AM

    Does MJ want to be a primary pass rusher in Lovie’s front four pressure schemes or is he content doing a little bit of everything, but primarily stopping the run in Zimmer’s defense? Will he take a bit less to reunite with Zimmer or sell himself to the highest bidder?

  12. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    This guy will be the highest paid DE in the league? I need time to let that process in my head.

  13. ariani1985 says: Mar 9, 2014 1:09 PM

    Rumor has it the Packers are about to offer BJ bust raji
    a 60 million dollar offer. What is this guy worth then?

  14. stevemad says: Mar 9, 2014 1:25 PM

    Signing with the Bucs is his best option from a business standpoint. Florida does NOT HAVE a State income tax which can save players THOUSANDS of dollars that they can keep and spend as they wish.

  15. stevemad says: Mar 9, 2014 1:27 PM

    And the no State Income Tax in Florida explains the recent NBA Championships.

  16. stevemad says: Mar 9, 2014 1:28 PM

    LeBron James saves Millions by playing in Florida

  17. cheapglazers says: Mar 9, 2014 5:26 PM

    Bucs don’t usually go for high character guys. Just look at the character of the Glazer kids.

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