This tender would pay Johnson a salary of around $1.54 million for the 2015 season. However, the Lions would receive no draft pick compensation should he sign elsewhere.
Detroit will have the ability to match any offer Johnson receives in the coming weeks.
Johnson, 28, is a 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.