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George Johnson | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 265
College: Rutgers
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Saints re-signed DE George Johnson to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Johnson began last season with the Lions, appearing in four games before getting cut and latching on with New Orleans for the final five, including the playoffs. He played a big rotational role, notching 2.5 sacks for the Saints. Mar 7 - 9:33 AM

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Lions signed DE George Johnson.

Johnson, 30 in December, had his career year with the Lions back in 2014 when he registered six sacks. Those have been the only six sacks of his career. Johnson missed all of last season with a broken hip.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 02:04:00 PM

Bucs released DE George Johnson and waived TE Tevin Westbrook, DL Mehdi Abdesmad, WR Shaq Hill, LB Richie Brown, CB Mariel Cooper, and G/C Josh Allen.

Johnson had a breakout six-sack season for the Lions in 2014, and Detroit shipped him to Tampa Bay on a three-year, $9 million deal only for the Bucs to see Johnson fail to register a single sack the past two years. His release saves the Bucs $2.25 million against the cap. Johnson turns 30 this year.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 09:33:00 AM

Buccaneers placed DE George Johnson on injured reserve with a fractured hip, ending his season.

Johnson suffered the injury in Thursday's practice. According to ESPN Bucs reporter Jenna Laine, Johnson will need 16 weeks to recover. Signed to a three-year, $9 million pact last year, Johnson didn't record a sack in 2015.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 08:54:00 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects George Johnson to be the starting right end opposite Jacquies Smith.

Neither player has star power, but both put together solid 2014s. Smith recorded 5.5 sacks after becoming the Bucs' starting left end midway through the season, and Johnson recorded six sacks in only 502 snaps for the Lions. Tampa Bay hopes both can improve a pass rush which recorded just 36 sacks last year.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 10:24:00 AM

Bucs acquired DE George Johnson and a 2015 seventh-round pick from the Lions in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round pick.

The Bucs signed restricted free agent Johnson to a three-year, $9 million offer sheet last week. Detroit chose to match the offer and work out a trade, simply moving up a couple rounds in the back end of the draft. Johnson is coming off a breakout, six-sack season with the Lions and joins an extremely weak Tampa Bay edge-rushing group led by former UDFA Jacquies Smith.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 08:44:00 AM

A third-party arbitrator has been appointed to rule on restricted free agent DE George Johnson's offer sheet.

The Lions have disputed the language in the Bucs sheet. They want to know if they have to match the de-escalators in the deal since variable payments are murky waters. The arbitrator has 10 days to rule to identify the exact terms of the sheet, leaving Johnson and both teams in limbo for now.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 07:33:00 AM

The Lions are disputing the offer sheet DE George Johnson signed with the Buccaneers.

The deal is worth $9 million over three years. The Lions likely have a problem with the language in the deal. The contract was sent to the NFL for approval. The deadline for Detroit to match the offer sheet is technically 4pm ET today, but it sounds like the situation could drag out another day or two.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 02:59:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press expects the Lions to let restricted free agent DE George Johnson walk after he signed a three-year, $9 million offer sheet with the Bucs.

The Lions could have tendered Johnson at the second-round level ($2.356 million), but declined to do so. In other words, it's hard to see them committing $3 million to Johnson over each of the next three seasons.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 04:33:00 PM

Bucs signed restricted free agent DE George Johnson to a three-year, $9 million offer sheet.

Johnson, 27, entered the league as an UDFA with the Bucs and appeared in nine games with the team from 2010-2012, recording zero sacks. He had a breakout year with the Lions last season, recording the first six sacks of his career. The Bucs are banking on Johnson being a late bloomer, but he was more than likely a product of Detroit's loaded front four. The Lions have five days to match the offer after tendering Johnson at the lowest level. They'll get no compensation if they don't match.
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 09:12:00 PM

Lions restricted free agent DE George Johnson visited the Bucs on Thursday.

It's Johnson's first-known visit. Johnson was tendered at the lowest level, which means the Lions would have the right to match any offer, but would receive no compensation if they decided to let Johnson walk. Now 27, Johnson generated six sacks across 531 snaps last season.
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Lions extended a one-year, $1.542 million tender to restricted free agent DE George Johnson.

It's the lowest possible tender. Johnson had six sacks despite playing a part-time role last year and could draw interest from other teams. The low-round tender guarantees the right to match any offer Johnson receives, but the Lions won't get compensation if he signs elsewhere.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 07:31:00 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team will tender RFA DE George Johnson.

After unsuccessful stints in Tampa Bay and Minnesota, Johnson blossomed with the Lions in 2014, recording six sacks and a career-best 29 tackles. Johnson's contract shouldn't affect Detroit's pursuit of top free agent Ndamukong Suh. Johnson is a candidate for a second-round tender.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 08:43:00 AM

Lions signed DE George Johnson.

Johnson, 26, last appeared in a regular season game for the Vikings back in 2012. He's made just 11 career appearances, notching just seven tackles.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 09:05:00 PM

Vikings signed DE George Johnson from the practice squad and waived OL Mark Asper and TE Allen Reisner.

Johnson was promoted due to three Minnesota defensive ends being on the Week 16 injury report. Asper didn't play a single snap this season, while Reisner reeled in one pass for 13 yards.
Sat, Dec 22, 2012 02:40:00 PM

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