- Chris Tomasson reports that there’s been a lot of interest in Johnson from teams since he’s been released.
- Tomasson doesn’t know if anybody other than Vikings or Bengals has realistic shot at signing him.
The Buccaneers officially released DE Michael Johnson on Wednesday just one year after signing him to a five-year, $43.875 million deal with $23 million guaranteed.
Johnson becomes of the best available pass-rushers in free agency following his release and there are already reports of who could be interested in him.
Pro Football Talk recently reported that the Bengals are hoping to bring back Johnson and they could really use defensive line help.
However, it looks like they have competition from the Vikings as Chris Tomasson reports that the Minnesota could emerge as a possible landing spot for Johnson.
Tomasson spoke to a source close to Johnson who said it’s early in the process and he could take a few days before anything becomes clear. Although, it sounds like he’ll consider the Vikings.
“Mike Zimmer’s his guy,’’ said Tomasson’s source. “He almost went (to Minnesota) last year.’’
Tomasson also confirmed that the Bengals will be in the mix for Johnson as well.
Johnson, 27, recorded 27 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles over the course of 14 games for the Buccaneers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 53 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 59 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Johnson and teams that could be interested as the news is available.