Despite not being officially allowed to confirm free agent signings yet, it is understood that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have put together a big offer to bring in pass rusher Michael Johnson.
Johnson - a former starter with the Cincinnati Bengals - was not retained by Marvin Lewis and the Bucs have swooped in to get their man despite the free agency period not yet actually being open according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canorfa.
Tampa and Lovie Smith have paid handsomely to nail the 27-year old former Georgia Tech man.
Josina Anderson of ESPN gave an insight to how much the defensive end will be getting, noting that the deal is for five-years and will pay Johnson $43.75 million with his new side, $24 million of which will be guaranteed.
In 2012 Johnson had his best season in Pro Football. He accumulated 52 tackles, 35 of which were solo, as well as 12.5 sacks to go along with one interception and one force fumble.
Johnson's stats were down in 2013 however. He only managed three sacks in the whole season and that - accompanied with the Bengals already paying out big money to Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins - Johnson was allowed to leave Cincinnati.
Tampa should prove to be a good fit for Johnson as Lovie Smith's systems will suit his style of play to a tee. We'll have to see if he can back up the big bucks.