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Buccaneers Hosted Lions RFA DE George Johnson For A Visit

Jenna Laine reports that the Buccaneers also hosted Lions restricted free agent DE George Johnson for a visit on Thursday.

While the Buccaneers have either tried out for met with a number of free agents in recent days, it’s always interesting to see teams meet with restricted free agents that have received tenders.

The Lions elected to use a low-round on Johnson back in early March, which would pay him a salary of around $1.54 million for the 2015 season.

However, the Lions would receive no draft pick compensation should the Buccaneers sign him to an offer sheet. Detroit does have the ability to match any offer Johnson receives.

Johnson, 28, is originally signed on with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers back in 2010.

Last year, Johnson appeared in all 16 games for the Lions and recorded 29 tackles, six sacks, a fumble recovery, and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 24 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 59 qualifying players.