Buccaneers signed DE Michael Johnson, formerly of the Bengals, to a five-year, $43.75 million contract.
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The deal includes $24 million guaranteed, the fourth-highest figure among defensive ends. Johnson will slide in at right end opposite Adrian Clayborn in Tampa, making Da'Quan Bowers a backup. With Johnson, Clayborn, and DT Gerald McCoy in the fold, the Bucs should be able to get more consistent pressure from the front four. Johnson has 21 sacks the past three seasons.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots have made free agent Julian Edelman a three-year contract offer.
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They "want an answer by the start of free agency." At this point, it would make sense for Edelman to see what's out there; we're guessing the Pats aren't willing to break the bank. We do envision him ultimately staying in Foxboro.
Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Phoenix reports free agent DL Antonio Smith is drawing interest from the Falcons, Panthers, and Bucs.
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The NFC South is hot after Smith, who also hasn't closed the door on a return to Houston. Smith, 32, can play in both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses as an interior pass rusher. He's racked up a respectable 27 sacks over the last five seasons.