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Michael Johnson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 270
College: Georgia Tech
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Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Bengals would be open to a reunion with RE Michael Johnson if Tampa Bay releases him.
This makes sense as Cincinnati needs defensive line help and the Buccaneers are trying to stay under the salary cap. Tampa Bay has a history of throwing in the towel early, dumping Darrelle Revis last offseason and more recently cutting veteran Josh McCown. Recurring ankle woes were partly to blame for Johnson's underwhelming 2014 campaign (four sacks in 14 games). Feb 22 - 9:48 AM

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Profootballtalk suggests the Bucs could release RE Michael Johnson.

Johnson signed a five-year, $43.75 million deal just last offseason, but the Bucs take the pay-as-you-go approach with contracts and could decide to part ways after a weak 2014 season. Johnson recorded just four sacks and finished 45th among 56 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush productivity. The Bucs can save $7 million against the cap by cutting him.
Jan 19 - 8:24 PM

The Bucs expect RE Michael Johnson (ankle) to return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

The Bucs' $43 million free agent add missed Week 2 and then played just seven snaps in Thursday's loss to the Falcons. The long week should help get Johnson right and Gerald McCoy (hand) is also expected back.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Bucs RE Michael Johnson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.

The Bucs will apparently have to turn to Scott Solomon and William Gholston in Sunday's tilt with the Rams. Fellow DE Adrian Clayborn was placed on injured reserve on Friday. If Zac Stacy had more clarity in terms of his workload, we'd be high on him as a fantasy start. Instead, he's a dicey RB2/flex.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Buccaneers agreed to terms with DE Michael Johnson, formerly of the Bengals, on a five-year, $43.75 million contract.

The deal includes $24 million guaranteed, the fourth-highest figure among defensive ends. Johnson will slide in at right end opposite Adrian Clayborn in Tampa, making Da'Quan Bowers a backup. With Johnson, Clayborn, and DT Gerald McCoy in the fold, the Bucs should be able to get more consistent pressure from the front four. Johnson has 21 sacks the past three seasons.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:01:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bucs are in "serious discussions" with free agent DE Michael Johnson.

This meshes with CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora's report from Monday that the Bucs are considered the "frontrunners" for Johnson. He's expected to command over $8 million per year. Johnson would slide in at right end in Tampa.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 09:48:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Bucs are the "frontrunners" for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Bucs connected to Johnson. Tampa Bay badly needs edge rushers, and Johnson would certainly fill the role. He's expected to command over $8 million annually and is our top free agent defensive end available. Johnson is equally efficient against the run.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 08:55:00 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings are "definitely" out of the running for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

GM Rick Spielman inked RE Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42.5 million deal over the weekend. He'll slide in as the starter opposite LE Brian Robison. Johnson will still have a robust market without the Vikings' inclusion. After the Bears failed to sign DE Michael Bennett, they could turn to Johnson.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 07:23:00 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports free agent DE Michael Johnson is not expected to re-sign with the Bengals.

That's been the expectation amongst the Cincinnati media for some time. The Bucs are reportedly making a "hard push" for Johnson's services, while the Bears will likely ramp up their pursuit after whiffing on Michael Bennett.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 04:42:00 PM

ESPN Chicago reports free agent DE Michael Johnson is "on the Bears' radar."

The Bears reportedly "inquired" about Johnson when the negotiating period opened on Saturday. With the Vikings likely dropping out of the running after the Everson Griffen deal, Chicago and Tampa Bay appear to be Johnson's likeliest landing spots. At this juncture, we'd project Johnson to the Buccaneers and free agent Michael Bennett to the Bears. That's obviously just a guess.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 03:49:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports the Buccaneers are making a "hard push" to sign free agent DE Michael Johnson.

Johnson would be a big addition to the Bucs, bookending Adrian Clayborn in front of a secondary of Darrelle Revis, Johnthan Banks, Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron. Defensive end has been a major weakness in Tampa for years. New Bucs coach Lovie Smith and DC Leslie Frazier's defense is reliant on pressure from the front four. Johnson is an excellent rusher and run defender.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 10:38:00 PM

Philly Mag's Tim McManus reports free agent DE Michael Johnson-to-Eagles "isn't happening."

McManus reported earlier Saturday that the Eagles were interested in Johnson. Once the legal tampering window opened at noon ET, McManus reports talks got "heavy" between Johnson and a "few teams." The Eagles weren't among those teams. Johnson is going to break the bank and will have a robust market.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Philly Mag: Birds 24/7's Tim McManus reports the Eagles are interested in free agent DE Michael Johnson.

The Vikings are seen as the most likely landing spot for Johnson, but Philadelphia has cap room and needs young talent on the edge. Free agent Mike Neal could be a more affordable option if Johnson's price proves too high. The Eagles only managed 37 sacks in 2013.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 01:02:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DE Michael Johnson will be a "top target" for the Vikings.

The Johnson-Vikings connection isn't a new one, but this is the first time we've really seen it in writing that the Vikings will actually pursue the pass rusher. At this stage of their respective careers, Johnson would qualify as a monster upgrade on free agent RE Jared Allen. Johnson is going to have plenty of suitors. With Greg Hardy off the market, Johnson's our top available 4-3 end.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 11:26:00 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's "gut" feeling is that free agent DE Michael Johnson lands in Minnesota.

He'd be reuniting with ex-Bengals DC Mike Zimmer, who's now the Vikings' head coach. Defensive end is a big need in Minnesota with Jared Allen set to walk in free agency. In an ideal world, the Vikes would add Johnson, re-sign Everson Griffen, and place them in a three-man rotation along with LE Brian Robison.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 12:50:00 PM