Michael Johnson Decided On Bucs In 15 Minutes

March 12th, 2014

michael johnson 0311A fun nugget Joe was able to learn today at One Buc Palace came via a chat with the agent of new Bucs defensive end Michael Johnson. He told Joe the Bucs were among six teams who pounced on the phones to Johnson at the start of the free agency “tampering” period on Saturday.

The Bengals made a good offer to re-sign Johnson, the Bears and Vikings came calling with cash, but after a brief chat on the phone with Lovie Smith, Johnson decided he wanted to only talk to the Bucs and see their opportunity through before he would continue talking with those other teams.

The agent (yes, Joe wrote the guy’s name down but can’t read his writing) told Joe the Bears and Vikings were stunned to be shut down and put on hold within 15 minutes of the start of the tampering window. Johnson took it all the way and inked his deal with the Bucs.

So there you have it, Johnson is where he wants to be and possibly could have had more cash elsewhere.

At today’s news conference at One Buc Palace, Johnson shared how he’s “stoked” to play with Gerald McCoy and already has been texting with No. 93.

20 Responses to “Michael Johnson Decided On Bucs In 15 Minutes”

  1. BucfanBF Says:

    Awesome to hear!! Love it when A guy WANTS to be here.

  2. DWE Says:

    i wonder what johnson’s number will be. hope he lives up to the expectations.

  3. snook Says:

    Any estimates on what cap room we have left?

  4. Kryq Says:

    Number 90

  5. Cmurda Says:

    Thats what Im talking about. Cant wait to see MJ get after it.

  6. Macabee Says:



  7. Mord Says:


  8. Buc1987 Says:

    Welcome aboard!

  9. DWE Says:

    it appears doubtful that we take a qb at #7. mack, watkins or mathews would be great

  10. FireLovieSmith Says:

    Can’t understand why he would, but great to hear it!

  11. You go Joe Says:


    You don’t understand because your narrow mind already jumped to conclusion. Then again I’m basing off your name.

  12. Macabee Says:


    When someone else is driving, I never ask “how much gas do we have left”? I simply ask “are we there yet”? lol

    Serious response. Too fluid to tell as players are being signed and released simultaneously. Try OverTheCap.com, they may keep a running total.

  13. JFat Says:

    Was estimated at .5 mill left after all of the current signings, not including the 16 mill we get back for Revis. So roughly 16.5 left to grab a couple more FAs and sign rookies, barring more cuts of course.

  14. bee Says:

    Nice one Macabee. Lol… especially when you’re not buying the gas!

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    You go Joe ..he should be a pretty easy poster to ignore huh?

  16. BucsBoy28 Says:

    Love to hear that! He reminds of The Freak!!!

  17. Brandon Says:

    Johnson’s smart. He knows in this system, the under tackle and RDE are the focus of the DL. He will line up in a wide 9 split just like Simeon Rice used to and run the arc hard and fast to the QB. Playing alongside McCoy, he should have a monster career with the Bucs.

    Besides that, no state tax, every player love Lovie, defensive linemen love the T-2, and the weather is great year round… Johnson’s from Georgia too.

  18. Rob Says:

    I wasn’t sold on this guy from his numbers, but after getting a look at him and watching some highlights, I’m excited about the signing.

  19. feelthepewterpower Says:

    There’s already a troll with “firelovie” in his handle? lol

  20. Piratic Says:

    “…a chat with the agent of new Bucs defensive end Michael Johnson’s agent.”

    Nice! You got to talk to the agent of the agent of the player?! lol

    That was a fun typo. Joe will fix. –Joe