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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.
Apr 15 - 8:44 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.
Apr 14 - 7:33 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.
Apr 13 - 2:59 PM

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said "we haven't seen the true Doug Martin yet."

It's hard to tell if Smith actually sees promise in his fourth-year running back or if he's simply trying to drive up Martin's trade value. Martin stormed onto the scene with a brilliant rookie season but injuries cost him most of the 2013 campaign. He followed that up with another dud in 2014. With free agency around the corner, it's now or never for Martin. We're far from sold Martin will be the Bucs' 2015 starter.
Apr 9 - 8:32 PM

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said the team will look to sign WLB Lavonte David to a long-term contract after the draft.

David isn't the biggest linebacker in the league, but he's one of the most effective. He's received positive grades from Pro Football Focus each of the last three seasons. On a team with not much going for it, David is a legitimate star. Signing David long-term won't be a financial burden as the Buccaneers have over $28 million in cap space.
Apr 9 - 7:45 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.
Apr 9 - 4:33 PM

Bucs signed LB Larry Dean.

Dean has appeared in 61 games over the last four seasons for the Vikings and Bills. He's a special teams who played for current Bucs DC Leslie Frazier from 2011-13 in Minnesota.
Apr 9 - 10:35 AM

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.
Apr 7 - 9:12 PM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas believes if QB Mike Glennon is traded, it will not be until after the draft.

"The Bucs won't let him go until they have a new quarterback in place," Yasinskas said. "But I do think Glennon is available for any team that wants him." Considering the Bucs should have a quarterback in place after they select Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick, trading Glennon during the draft is still a real possibility. Glennon could fetch a mid-round pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 1:08 PM

Bucs signed TE/FB Emmanuel Ogbuehi to a two-year contract.

Ogbuehi reportedly impressed the Bucs at the NFL's Veteran Combine. He'll compete for a backup role if he makes it to camp. Ogbuehi is a roster long shot with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers, and Luke Stocker all returning.
Apr 3 - 8:03 PM

The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings expects the Bucs to move RT Demar Dotson to left tackle.

Dotson is the Bucs' lone capable tackle after last year's free-agent bust Anthony Collins was released last month. A 2009 undrafted free agent and former basketball player, Dotson started all 16 games last season -- 13 at right tackle and three on the left side -- and received positive marks in pass protection. Expect the Bucs to focus on offensive line help early in the draft.
Apr 3 - 12:28 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.
Apr 2 - 6:00 PM

The Bucs reportedly believe a healthy Austin Seferian-Jenkins can produce 60 or more catches.

Seferian-Jenkins hobbled his way to just 21 catches as a rookie, but the Bucs aren't worried. They added nothing to their tight end room in free agency and new OC Dirk Koetter has a history of maximizing talent at the position. Seferian-Jenkins should be running free down the middle of the field a ton with Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson soaking up attention, and is a massive red-zone target at 6'5/262. ASJ is a sneaky breakout candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 2 - 10:59 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas believes Doug Martin can be had for a mid-round draft pick.

At this point, the Bucs would probably love a mid-rounder. Realistically, coming off two unimpressive seasons, Martin likely wouldn't bring back more than a late-round selection. He's already 26 and has been injury-prone the past two years. The Bucs are a candidate to address running back early in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 9:28 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects Tampa Bay to use a committee approach at running back.

Injured most of the year and playing behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, Martin struggled to a sub-3.7 yards per carry average for the second straight season. He played better than those numbers indicate, however, and came on strong as he got healthy down the stretch. Martin has struggled to stay healthy and will lose passing-down work to second-year player Charles Sims, but those factors could make him a value pick this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 10:49 AM


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