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Michael Johnson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 270
College: Georgia Tech
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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. Mar 11 - 11:01 AM

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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.
Mar 11 - 9:48 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.
Mar 10 - 8:55 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.
Mar 10 - 7:23 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.
Mar 10 - 4:42 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.
Mar 9 - 3:49 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.
Mar 8 - 10:38 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.
Mar 8 - 4:19 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.
Mar 8 - 1:02 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.
Mar 7 - 11:26 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.
Mar 3 - 12:50 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero passes along Combine "buzz" that free agent DE Michael Johnson could head to the Vikings.

The dots connect, as ex-Bengals DC Mike Zimmer is now the Vikings' head coach, and Minnesota is needy on the defensive line with Jared Allen a virtual lock to leave in free agency. Johnson just turned 27, and is a solid pass rusher with plus run-defending skills. Minnesota is $28.8 million under the cap.
Feb 22 - 3:01 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer believes there's an 80 percent chance free agent RE Michael Johnson leaves the Bengals.

The Enquirer gives the Bengals a 45 percent chance to retain free agent OT Anthony Collins. Cincinnati recently handed DT Geno Atkins and LE Carlos Dunlap huge contract extensions, making then far less likely to pony up for Johnson. Rotoworld currently ranks 27-year-old Johnson as the No. 1 free agent defensive end with an expiring contract, behind only Greg Hardy. We have Lamarr Houston third, Michael Bennett fourth, and Jared Allen fifth.
Feb 10 - 3:21 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan suggested on NFL Insiders Thursday that free agent DE Michael Johnson will command "maybe $10 million a year" on the open market.

Bengals coaches want Johnson back, per Caplan, but Cincinnati won't franchise tag him for the second straight year and seems unlikely to commit long term to Johnson after locking up Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, and using a 2013 second-round pick on Margus Hunt. Johnson is athletic enough to drop into coverage and rush with his hand up, so he figures to be pursued by both 4-3 and 3-4 teams. That "scheme versatility" will boost his market worth.
Feb 6 - 3:42 PM

When making his rounds at the Senior Bowl last month, ESPN Falcons blogger Vaughn McClure was informed free agent RE Michael Johnson wouldn't mind "coming home" and playing for the Falcons.

Johnson is from Alabama but played his college ball at Georgia Tech and was down there as recently as last spring taking classes. The Falcons' biggest need areas lie in the trenches on the defensive and offensive lines. They were 29th in the league in sacks (32) last season. Johnson is unlikely to return to Cincinnati due to his price tag. The Falcons also don't have a ton of cash to play with, but teams can make things work. Johnson is our No. 2 free-agent DE.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 1:58 PM

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