Buccaneers trying hard to land Michael Johnson

Defensive end in high demand Aaron Wilson

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As the Chicago Bears make a bid for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to make a major push to land Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson.

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith is seeking a pass rusher of Johnson's caliber to bolster his defense, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Last year,  Johnson played under an $11.2 million franchise tag.

Now, he's expected to get huge money in free agency.

Meanwhile, the Bears are pursuing Bennett, the brother of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett.

Bennett recorded 8 1/2 sacks last season and nine sacks the previous year with the Buccaneers.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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