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94 George Johnson DE
Height/Weight: 6-4/265 | Birthdate: 12/11/1987 | Birthplace: Glassboro, NJ, USA | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Rutgers | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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George Johnson will remain in rotational role with Bucs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Buccaneers defensive end George Johnson appeared in a career-high 16 games in 2014 for the Lions, but he made no starts. He mostly was a rotational pass rusher last year, but the job seemed to suit him well, as he totaled a career-best six sacks.

Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier likes how the Lions used the four-year NFL veteran and it appears likely his role won't change heading into 2015.

"No question we would like to have a good rotation across the line, so when we get to the fourth quarter our best guys are on the field in those key situations," Frazier said, per the team's official website. "We don’t want to put George in a situation where he has to play 80 percent of the downs nor do we want even Gerald [McCoy] to play 80-90 percent of the downs. We would like to have enough depth where when we do take guys off the field to get a blow, we don’t have a big drop off.

"Hopefully this year we will have the depth to do that. That includes George. I think he had [about] 600 snaps a season ago, so he may end up right around that range, again, a little bit more. That will probably depend on how well the other guys are playing around him as well."


Lions trade DE George Johnson to Buccaneers for draft pick


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Rather than match the offer the sheet for defensive lineman George Johnson, the Lions agreed to trade Johnson to the Buccaneers on Wednesday, the Lions announced.

Johnson was a restricted free agent and signed a three year, $9 million offer sheet with the Buccaneers last week. The Lions were previously disputing the Buccaneers offer to Johnson.

Along with Johnson, the Lions also sent the seventh-round pick the team received in the Haloti Ngata trade from Baltimore. The Lions will receive a fifth-round pick from the Buccaneers in this year's draft.

In 2014, Johnson produced six sacks and 29 tackles over 16 games.


Lions disputing Buccaneers' offer to DE George Johnson


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/13/2015) The offer sheet the Buccaneers gave to defensive end George Johnson is being disputed by the Lions, and a decision by an independent arbiter is potentially 10 days away, per MLive.com. 

Johnson signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Bucs last week, giving the Lions until 4 p.m. Monday to match the offer. The reason for the Lions' protest is not known at this time. 

The five-year veteran racked up six sacks last season for the Lions. 


Buccaneers add two players, wait on DE Johnson


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/9/2015) The Buccaneers signed two players Thursday in free-agent LB Larry Dean, formerly of the Vikings, and center Ben Gottschalk, as they wait to see if the Lions will match the three-year, $9 million offer sheet to restricted free-agent defensive lineman George Johnson, per the team's website. 

Dean has mosly played on special teams during his five-year career, while Gottschalk was in Chiefs training camp last season. The Lions have until Monday to match the offer on Johnson, who emerged last year to record 26 tackles and six sacks. 


Bucs sign Lions DE George Johnson to 3-year offer sheet


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/7/2015) The Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they've signed Lions defensive end George Johnson to a three-year offer sheet, reports NFL.com.

Johnson met with the Buccaneers on Thursday after receiving a low-round restricted free agent tender from the Lions. 

The Lions have five days to match the offer. 

Johnson, 27, had career-highs in tackles (29) and sacks (six) in 2014. Johnson spent his first three seasons with the Buccaneers before playing for the Vikings and Lions.


Report: DE George Johnson visits Buccaneers


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) After receiving a low-round restricted free agent tender from the Lions, defensive end George Johnson is visiting the Buccaneers on Thursday, reports Jenna Laine of sportstalkflorida.com.

If the Buccaneers were to sign Johnson to an offer sheet, the Lions would have the opportunity to match the offer. 

Johnson, 27, had career-highs in tackles (29) and sacks (six) in 2014. Johnson spent his first three seasons with the Buccaneers before playing for the Vikings and Lions.


Lions tender DL George Johnson, WR Jeremy Ross


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) The Lions gave restricted free agent defensive lineman George Johnson an original round tender, worth $1.54 million, for the 2015 season. The team also announced the exclusive rights tender for wide receiver Jeremy Ross on Friday, per the team's official website.

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Lions GM will tender RFA George Johnson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Friday the team will tender restricted free agent George Johnson, according to ESPN. Mayhew did not go into details what level of tender Detroit planned on using on Johnson.

After spending his first two seasons with Tampa Bay, Johnson worked alongside Ndamukong Suh, Ezekiel Ansah, Jason Jones and Nick Fairley in 2014. The 27-year-old finished the year with 26 tackles, six sacks and a fumble recovery.


Lions unveil final injury report for Chicago game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Lions ruled defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) out and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bears.

Meanwhile, safety Don Carey (ankle), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (illness), defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (not injury related), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness) were labeled as probable.


Reggie Bush is listed as questionable again on Lions' injury report


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Lions released their Week 13 injury report Wednesday, and announced they will play Thursday against the Bears without defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and guard Larry Warford.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle, back) is listed as questionable for a third straight week. However, he told reporters he expects to play, according to MLive.com. Bush also said the same thing leading up to Week 12 before sitting out.

Tackle Riley Reiff (knee) is also listed as questionable, while Ezekiel Ansah (elbow), safety James Ihedigbo (knee), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (foot), cornerback Rashean Mathis (ankle) and safety Glover Quin (back) are all listed as probable.


Lions list final injury report for Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) The Lions have ruled Nick Fairley (knee) out for Sunday's game against Miami. Eric Ebron (hamstring) was ruled doubtful, while Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Brandon Pettigrew (foot) were both ruled questionable.

Meanwhile, Ezekiel Ansah (toe), Reggie Bush (ankle), Calvin Johnson (ankle), George Johnson (hamstring) and LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were each labeled probable.


Eight Lions ruled active for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The following players on the injury report were listed active for the Lions  in Week 4 against the Jets: Calvin Johnson (ankle), Ezekiel Ansah (knee), Joique Bell (knee), Nick Fairley (biceps), James Ihedigbo (neck), George Johnson (groin), Theo Riddick (hamstring) and Montell Owens (hamstring).

Lions release extensive injury report Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The questionable tag for premier wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) highlights a lengthy injury report issued Friday by the Lions.

Those ruled out are tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle). Safety Don Carey (hamstring) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) are doubtful.

Fullback Montell Owens (hamstring) is the lone questionable. The probables are defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (knee) and George Johnson (groin), running backs Joique Bell (knee) and Theo Riddick (hamstring), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps) and safety James Ihedigbo (neck).


Lions to have most of their injured players Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Lions will have most of their injured players available Week 3 against the Packers.

Ezekiel Ansah, Nick Fairley and George Johnson may have entered the week as questionable, but all three are active. The team will also have Joique Bell and Don Carey. Bell and Carey were listed as probable, so that shouldn't come as a surprise. 


Lions list seven from defense on injury report


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Lions defense is likely to be a bit shorthanded for Week 3 against the Packers, with three players expected to miss Sunday's game due to injuries.

Linebacker Travis Lewis (quadriceps) and defensive back Cassius Vaughn (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday's game, while safety James Ihedigbo (neck) is doubtful and seems likely to miss the game.

Additionally, defensive linemen Ezekiel Ansah (knee), Nick Fairley (biceps) and George Johnson (groin) are considered questionable for the game, while safety Don Carey (hamstring) is probable. 


George Johnson posts 1.5 sacks in Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Lions defensive end George Johnson was able to get to Eli Manning throughout most of the night in a Week 1 win over the Giants. Johnson took Manning down for a 10-yard loss in the first half. He also assisted on another sack in the second quarter. He finished with three tackles (two solo), including 1.5 sacks in a 35-14 victory.

Nick Fairley 'really focused' after shock of demotion wears off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) The demotion of Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley to second team has brought out his intensity after an initial shock, MLive.com has reported. Teammates and coaches are claiming that he has practiced harder and better in recent weeks after sulking at first.

"That's what happens when you take what you've learned in practice and actually apply it to the game," defensive end George Johnson said. "That's exactly what he's been doing. He's been really focused, and actually gotten down the thing that coaches have asked to get down.

"He's been practicing a lot better over the past couple weeks, and we can see it in his play. Just going harder. Just trying to play even harder."


Vikings make roster moves


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/9/2013) The Vikings waived defensive end George Johnson and signed defensive end Justin Trattou, the team announced.

Vikings have several healthy scratches


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) The Vikings have listed the following players as healthy scratches for the Week 4 game from London against Pittsburgh: DE George Johnson; DT Chase Baker; and G Jeff Baca

Vikings have several healthy inactives


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) The Vikings have listed the following players as healthy inactives for Week 3 at home against Cleveland: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson; LB Gerald Hodges; G Jeff Baca; DT Chase Baker; and DE George Johnson

Vikings show no surprises on Week 2 inactives


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) Those on the Vikings injury report have gotten clearance to play against the Bears, so their inactive list for Sunday is loaded with healthy scratches. Included are quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety Mistral Raymond, linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti, defensive linemen Chase Baker and George Johnson and guard Jeff Baca.

Vikings name inactives for Week 1


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) The Vikings listed their seven inactive plays prior to Week 1 against the Lions Sunday: quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson; offensive lineman Jeff Baca; defensive linemen Kevin Williams and George Johnson; linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti; and defensive back Mistral Raymond.

Johnson elevated from P-squad


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2012) The Vikings activated cornerback Chris Cook on Saturday. Cook was on injured reserve but was designated to return. He missed eight weeks due to a broken arm. The team also activated defensive end George Johnson from the practice squad. Minnesota waived tight end Allen Reisner and guard Mark Asper to make room.


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