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Apr162015

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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