Buccaneers trying hard to land Michael Johnson

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

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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