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Bucs agree to five-year deal with DE Michael Johnson



The Bucs have opened free agency with a big splash, landing the outside pass-rusher they covet by agreeing to terms with Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson on a five-year contract.

The deal can be signed and made official until 4 p.m. today, when free agency officially begins with the new league year, but ESPN, which first reported the agreement, said it will be for $43.75 million, including $24 million guaranteed. 

Johnson, 27, is 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, and had 11.5 sacks for the Bengals in 2012 and was given the team's franchise tag -- his numbers dropped to 3.5 last year, but he was ranked by experts among the most coveted free agents at any position.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:28am]


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