Buccaneers acquire defensive lineman George Johnson from Detroit
(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions have worked out a trade for defensive lineman George Johnson.
The Rutgers University product was acquired on Wednesday and came to terms with the team on a three-year contract. The deal runs through the 2017 season according to a release sent out by the Bucs.
As part of the deal Tampa Bay will receive a 7th round pick (231st overall) and Detroit will get the Bucs’ 5th round selection (168th overall).
Johnson, 27, played in all 16 games for Detroit last year, recording 26 tackles, six sacks, one defended pass and one fumble recovery. The Lions made the National Football Conference playoffs in 2014 for the first time in three years.
The 6’4” 263-pound defensive lineman originally entered the NFL in 2010 when he signed a free-agent contract with the Buccaneers. He spent three years on the team’s practice squad – appearing in nine games for the Bucs.
He was waived in 2012 and signed on with Minnesota, spending the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Vikings appearing in two games.