Fred Johnson signing with Buccaneers

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After an unusual week, offensive lineman Fred Johnson has found a landing spot.

Johnson will sign a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, according to agents Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey.

The Bengals initially tendered Johnson as a restricted free agent. But when the Bengals signed La’el Collins, they no longer needed Johnson on the roster. So when the offensive lineman signed his tender this week, Cincinnati waived him.

Johnson appeared in five games with one start for the Bengals last season. Having entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2019, he played 23 games with eight starts in his three-season stint with Cincinnati.

Per Greg Auman of, Tampa Bay sees Johnson as a tackle and someone who can compete for a backup job in training camp.

5 responses to “Fred Johnson signing with Buccaneers

  1. How good can he possibly be if he couldn’t crack the Bengals’ starting o-line last season?

  2. The Bengals have 1 backup tackle on the roster. Not that I wanted Fred Johnson seeing the field at all, but I don’t understand letting him go before they found some depth.

  3. In 2021 Johnson was the Bengals top-graded run blocker, per Pro Football Focus. Welcome to Tampa.

  4. He is slow and lumbering. PFF ratings aren’t to be trusted. He isn’t very good. He didn’t get on the field for the Bengals. That speaks volumes.

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