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DE George Johnson Traded to Bucs After Lions Drop Grievance

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Defensive end George Johnson is finally a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

Johnson's previous team, the Detriot Lions, had a grievance with the three-year restricted free agent offer sheet he signed with the Bucs. The NFL even assigned an independent arbitrator to investigate the situation. The Lions have now dropped their grievance and agreed to a trade with the Bucs.

The Buccaneers will send a fifth-round pick and a seventh-round pick to the Lions in exchange for Johnson.

Johnson returns to Tampa Bay, where he played in the first season and a half of his NFL career.

The 27-year-old Johnson played in 16 games last season for the Lions, recording 29 tackles and six sacks.

While Johnson was not a starter for the Lions, he will be missed from a Detroit defensive line that's already lost Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency.

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ESPN: Lions Bring Back CB Rashean Mathis 

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions have re-signed corner back Rashean Mathis to a two-year contract, according to ESPN.
The 34-year-old Mathis started all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 54 tackles, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles, and one interception.

The former first-team All-Pro rejoins corner back Darius Slay and safeties James Ihedigbo and Glover Quin in the Lions' secondary.

Mathis helped the Lions become one of the best defenses in the NFL last season. Detroit tied with Kansas City for second in the league in points allowed per game.

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Rams Sign DT Nick Fairley

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(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The St. Louis Rams are re-inventing the Fearsome Foursome. 

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has agreed to a one-year deal, worth up to $8 million.

"The defensive line here is great," Fairley said. "I’m glad to be a part of it, glad to be coming in to a great situation with the defense, and just to add to it. So I’m here to help this team win and hopefully we’ll get to the Super Bowl."

Before signing Fairley, St. Louis defensive line included Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Chris Long and Robert Quinn. The four members registered 22.5 sacks last season, though Long only played in six games due to injury. Fairley had recorded 10 pressures during a two-game span in October last year before a knee injury slowed down his season.

Fairley is expected to slide in behind Donald as part of a defensive line rotation and will likely spell Brockers on passing downs.

The Rams of the 1960s were comprised of Lamar Lundy, Rosie Grier, Merlin Olson and Deacon Jones.  The four members were known as the "Fearsome Foursome" and both Olson and Jones are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Ngata: Ray Rice would be "Great Addition" To Lions

National Football League(DETROIT, Mi.) -- Just days after being traded to Detroit, Haloti Ngata has one recommendation to improve the team.

In an interview with WXYT Detroit, Ngata was asked about former Ravens running back Ray Rice and whether he would fit in with Detroit.

"I've never hung out with him off-field, but he's a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him."

Ngata, Rice's former teammate in Baltimore, was traded to the Lions Tuesday for a fourth and fifth-round pick in upcoming NFL draft.

Rice is currently a free agent after winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL.

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Haloti Ngata Wasn't Expecting a Trade to Detroit

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The Detroit Lions introduced defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on Wednesday.

After refusing to take a pay cut, Ngata came over in a trade after spending nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

"I wasn't expecting a trade, but this league is a business and you've just got to roll with it," Ngata said Wednesday.

"I felt like I didn't need it; I've made a lot of the money I already needed to make," Ngata continued. "I just wanted to be somewhere somebody wanted me and somewhere where I can know people, so I was just happy that [defensive coordinator Teryl Austin] and Jim Caldwell wanted me enough to trade for me."

Ngata added that he's open to a contract extension with the Lions. Ngata said, "We're open to anything. Just being here so far, I'm getting really comfortable already, and once I meet the guys I know I'll just want to stay here."

"So if an extension comes to mind, it'll be awesome. If not, then it is what is," he continued.

Ngata has 445 career tackles and 25.5 sacks in his career.

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Lions Acquire NT Haloti Ngata from Ravens

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions struck back by trading with the Baltimore Ravens for Haloti Ngata.

According to ESPN, the Ravens will receive 2015 fourth and fifth-round picks as well as a seventh round selection in exchange for Ngata.

The 31-year-old is in the final season of his contract and will be an $8.5 million cap hit.

Ngata has played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Ravens. During that time, he has compiled 449 tackles, 25.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and five interceptions.

"Haloti is a great player but an even better person," Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said. "He has been an anchor of our success for many years. We appreciate everything he has done for our organization and the Baltimore community. We wish he and his family nothing but the best."

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Dolphins Re-Sign OT Jason Fox to Two-Year Contract

NFL Shield(MIAMI) -- The Miami Dolphins are bringing back tackle Jason Fox on a two-year contract, the team announced on Thursday. The deal is worth a total of $2.5 million, according to ESPN.

“We are excited that we have reached an agreement with Jason to keep him with the Miami Dolphins,” general manager Dennis Hickey said in a statement. “He was a very positive addition for us last season both on the field and in the community.”

Fox was originally selected out of the University of Miami by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft.  After spending three seasons in the Motor City, Fox signed a one-year contract with Miami on April 2, 2014.

During his four-year career, he has appeared in 22 games, making five starts, including the final two games of the 2014 season at right tackle. 

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Lions Cut RB Bush, Packers Cut LB Hawk

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The top two teams in the NFC North have released two of their most prominent players.

The Detroit Lions will part ways with running back Reggie Bush and the Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker A.J. Hawk.

Hawk was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Packers. He spent the last nine seasons with the team and is the franchise’s all-time leading tackler with 1,118.

"A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

The move frees up $3.5 million in cap space for Green Bay.

Bush, who signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2013, could not stay healthy. He played in 25 games in two seasons with Detroit, missing five this past season as he dealt with a nagging ankle injury. The move frees up $1.7 million in cap space.

The Packers (12-4) won the NFC North last season when they defeated the Lions (11-5) 30-20 in Week 17.

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Tony Romo Rallies Cowboys to a 24-20 Win over Detroit

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Tony Romo came through when it counted late in the fourth quarter and hit Terrance Williams with a eight-yard touchdown strike to rally the Cowboys back to a 24-20 win over the Lions in the wild card round on Sunday.

Romo finished the game with 293 yards and two touchdown passes to Williams, the first was a 76-yard bomb in the second quarter.

DeMarco Murray pulled Dallas within seven with a touchdown run in the third quarter, which set up the go-ahead pass to Williams with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter.

Romo's winning drive came after officials reversed a pass interference penalty against the Cowboys, the Lions then punted the ball.

"You just have to stay in the moment and understand the game," Romo said. "It doesn't end after the first quarter, second quarter. You just have to keep calm. I've played enough games to understand that. Maybe I didn't do that as well when I was younger."

The Cowboys defense did the rest and sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who fumbled and Demarcus Lawrence recovered it to seal the deal for Detroit.

The Green Bay Packers will host Dallas next weekend.

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Lions Prepare for Cowboys in First Playoff Appearance Since 2012

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions are 7-11 all-time in the playoffs and will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday in the wild-card round.

Detroit is making their first appearance in the playoffs since the 2011 season, which was the first playoff appearance for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"Obviously I've got a ton more experience," Stafford said.  "I've played in a lot more football games.  I'd like to think that I'm probably a little bit better at doing what it takes to win games and not just throw for a million yards and touchdowns."

Stafford will also be making his return to Dallas where he grew up.

"It's always fun to go back there and play," Stafford said of seeing his family members.  "It'll be fun."

The last time the Lions won a playoff game was when running back Barry Sanders was patrolling the field against Dallas on Jan. 5, 1992.

"I don't need much motivation, it's a playoff game," Stafford said of breaking their skid.  "Win or go home gives you enough motivation."

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