The Bucs pushed their way to the front of the line when the NFL free agent shopping spree opened the doors at 4 p.m. The Bucs quickly cashed in, filling some glaring weakness on their football team.
Defensive end Michael Johnson from Cincinnati headlines a group of four signings. In addition, the Bucs bring to town defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who won a Super Bowl ring with Seattle, tight end Brandon Myers, and they re-sign Jamon Meredith.
Johnson and McDonald will beef up a pass rush that ranked near the bottom third of the league last year, 23rd. Johnson was one of the most sought-after players on the market, ranked the top defensive end. The Bucs will pay him nearly $44-million over his five-year contract. The 27-year old has 21 sacks over the last three years, but had just 3.5 in 2014.
McDonald gets a four-year deal worth $12-million. He was used primarily as a backup in Seattle's rotation. He still managed to finish third on the team with 5.5 sacks despite starting just one game.
Myers will get $4-million over two years. He was with the Giants last season, but spent most of his career with the Raiders. He has 126 catches for 1,328 yards of the last 2 seasons. The Bucs faced him in 2012 in Oakland. Myers had eight receptions and two touchdowns and was targeted 13 times.
Quarterback Josh McCown is scheduled to visit with the Bucs first and will likely sign with Tampa Bay to give Mike Glennon some heavy competition.
Darrelle Revis is still a Buc, but he's expected to be moved by 4 tomorrow, either in a trade or a release.
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