Lions get a fifth from Bucs for George Johnson and a seventh

AP

The Lions didn’t want to tender George Johnson at a level that would have gotten them compensation, but they still ended up getting compensated.

The Lions announced the terms of the deal to drop their dispute and trade Johnson to the Buccaneers.

According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, the Lions will get a fifth-round pick from the Buccaneers in exchange for Johnson and a seventh-rounder acquired from the Ravens going to Tampa Bay.

That allows the Lions to restock a bit, after giving up a fourth and a fifth to Baltimore in exchange for nose tackle Haloti Ngata and that seventh earlier this offseason.

They worked the deal out before the hearing over the disputed terms of the offer sheet, allowing them to get something out of the deal.

Johnson had 6.0 sacks last year for the Lions, and the Bucs had cap space to burn, so it was an easy deal for them to make. And giving up a pick allows them to get the player they wanted without the risk of the independent arbitrator siding with the Lions.

22 responses to “Lions get a fifth from Bucs for George Johnson and a seventh

  1. Nice work by Mayhew.

    Best of luck to Johnson in Tampa. He took full advantage of the opportunity he got in Detroit and is getting rewarded for his hard work. Nice job.

  2. Why Bucs??

    Why waste a 5th when you could have had him for free or get some one with more potential in the draft?

  3. The Lions don’t have to pay George Johnson $9 million over three years AND they ended up with a fifth rounder for their troubles? Not a bad haul.

  4. Now that’s how you handle biznass son!! Go ahead Mayhew, trade the long snapper for 2nd round pick while you’re at it.

  5. Shaking my head.

    I haven’t liked a single move Jason Licht has made since he’s become GM. I’m willing to give the guy more time but so far no good. Fifth round picks are valuable!

  6. Where’s all the haters saying we’re wrong for challenging the bucks?

    Ngata +7th for a 4th + 5th?
    Then turn that 7th into a better 5th from bucs for a back up?
    So bringing in Ngata cost us a 4th but upgraded our 5th?

    Oh hell ya!

  7. From the outside looking in the Bucs have done little but move backwards this offseason. The T2 requires a strong outside pass rusher. Their OL must be rebuilt, and they are in need of safeties, a RB, a slot and that does not address depth. LB – while addressed is a huge question.

    Realize they were burned in FA last year, but it’s not like they have the talent or time to have ignored it this year. But they did. Now you give up a 5th rounder for a non impact DE? (Fans do not care about saving money unless it is to spend it elsewhere.)

    The way it looks the Bucs will have a rookie QB protected by an inexperienced line – and a T2 D no where near retooled.

    How many years does Lovie & Licht think they have to rebuild?

  8. Although his batting average on personnel moves is poor, give Mayhew credit on this one. Kinda like when the hitter in baseball swings and misses but sees the catcher misplay the pitch badly and ends up on first base.

  9. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    Apr 15, 2015 3:10 PM
    Shaking my head.

    I haven’t liked a single move Jason Licht has made since he’s become GM. I’m willing to give the guy more time but so far no good. Fifth round picks are valuable!
    _____________________

    I understand the sense of urgency in TB they feel like a good off-season can get them back into the playoffs, especially if the division plays as it did last season.

    People need to settle down though, the guy hs been GM for 4 months. Its going to take him at least 2 seasons to clean out the mess that he was left with. When TT became GM of GB his 1st ever pick was Aaron Rodgers, there was outrage, “He should have picked someone to help Favre win a title.”

    There is PLENTY of off-season left, and the draft is still coming up, they signed a guy who had a decent season, who will be likely be more productive than any 5th round players they would have drafted.

    This move isn’t as awful as some make it sound.

  10. It was the 32nd pick of the 5th round. If not for compensatory picks it would be a 6th rounder (Pick 168).

    Good deal for Lions if Johnson was just a one hit wonder. Bad deal if the dude can be a legit role player or better.

    I would assume the majority of times the 168th pick ends up cut after a year or 2 statistically. And at least Bucs still got back another late pick (231)

  11. lordcornelius says:
    Apr 15, 2015 5:18 PM
    It was the 32nd pick of the 5th round. If not for compensatory picks it would be a 6th rounder (Pick 168).
    —-
    You present the scenario as if compensatory picks are a one year phenomena. There are ALWAYS comp picks. It’s a 5th Round pick.

    Okay, we can move on.

  12. When you compare the deal, the Bucs and Lions both did okay. The Bucs got rid of Bowers, already had the extra fifth, and addressed at minimum, a depth need. The Bucs still need a starter for DE (could be George Johnson), and are going to draft one in 2nd or 3rd as is, and this is a very deep draft for DEs. So you have a competition, two way or three way, for that position. The Bucs picked up a decent nickel back and DT this free agency as well, and improved over Mason Foster with a MLB. So the defense got better, and they’ll easily address left OT and another DE in the draft. Not as bad as it sounds.

  13. You don’t “easily” address LT anywhere in the draft other than the top half of the first round.

    You can stumble on an All-Pro anywhere in the draft, but if you look it up, I believe you’ll find the first round is where you draft most of the impact:

    QBs
    LTs
    And pass rushing DEs.

  14. Wow. That sucks for TB. It is embarrassing to see the desperation on the part of the TB fans here…

    It’s pretty pathetic when you have to start mixing in other moves to try to justify this one. It is very simple: TB gave up a 5th round pick for no reason.

    Detroit could have received a 2nd round pick if they thought he was worth $2M per season and tagged him differently. They did not, because he is not worth that much money. There is no way in the world they are going to match TB’s offer, yet TB gave a 5th round pick anyway. That is pure stupidity.

    You can try to obscure that fact by discussing other moves the team has made, but we can all see the truth: TB blinked and lost a 5th round draft pick that it did not have to give up.

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