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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Michael Johnson to the Buccaneers?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could end up Michael Johnson today.

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It's starting to sound like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will sign at least two major free agents early in free agency: Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins. Jason La Canfora reported earlier today that Collins to Tampa Bay was 'basically done', and now multiple reports are suggesting that Michael Johnson is making the same trip from Cincinnati to Florida.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Buccaneers are in 'serious discussions' with Michael Johnson, while Ian Rapoport claims the two parties have 'mutual interest' and Johnson could be one of the first names to sign somewhere new. In addition, Alex Marvez is claiming there's an 'extremely strong possibility' of a Johnson-to-Bucs deal.

According to Jason La Canfora, Johnson would sign a deal worth around $8.5 million per year, with $24 million in guaranteed money. That's likely to be a five-year contract, with three years in guaranteed salary, if the Bucs stick with their usual m.o.

Johnson would immediately become the team's best pass rusher, as the Bucs' leading edge defender is Adrian Clayborn, for now. Lovie Smith desperately wants a dominant edge rusher in his defense, and Johnson's the closest thing available in free agency.