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Report: DE Charles Johnson set to visit Bucs



Could the Bucs be going after a top-tier pass rusher after all?

After talk that they wouldn't be big spenders in free agency, Tampa Bay will get a visit from former Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported that he'll visit the Giants first.

Johnson, who turns 30 in July, had three sacks in three postseason games for Carolina but was cut in a salary-cap move. He missed seven games with a hamstring injury in 2015 and had just one sack in nine regular-season games. But from 2010-14, he averaged 10.5 sacks per season, including a dominating 2012 year in which he had 12.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

It would make sense that head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith would have a healthy respect for Johnson --  he has 11 sacks in 16 career games against the Falcons.

A year ago, the Bucs were quiet in free agency, but made a strong push at defensive end early, missing out on Derrick Morgan to the Titans and Trent Cole to the Colts. They may be making another ambitious move again ...


[Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2016 12:33pm]


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