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Bucs sign defensive end George Johnson to offer sheet, Lions have five days to match

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they have signed restricted free agent defensive end George Johnson to an offer sheet.

The Detroit Lions now have five days to match the offer extended from the Buccaneers.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, it’s a three-year contract signed by Johnson. The Lions only offered an original round tender to Johnson prior to the start of free agency, meaning Detroit would not receive any compensation from the Buccaneers if they don’t match the offer.

Johnson originally signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers in 2010. He spent portions of three seasons with Tampa Bay before joining the Minnesota Vikings in 2012 and the Lions last year.

Johnson appeared in all 16 games for Detroit. He posted 29 tackles and six sacks in a breakout campaign.

There hasn’t been much movement with restricted free agency in recent years. However, Johnson is now the second RFA to sign an offer sheet on Tuesday alone. The Oakland Raiders signed Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson to an offer sheet as well.