The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has placed defensive end George Johnson on Injured Reserve and signed defensive end Martin Ifedi.

Ifedi (6-3, 275) spent part of last season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad and was with the team this offseason until being waived on May 2. He will wear No. 67 for Tampa Bay.

Johnson played in 11 games for the Buccaneers in 2015, totaling 23 tackles and two forced fumbles.

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pinkstob
pinkstob
5 years ago

Did acquiring this guy for a 5th round pick even make sense at the time to anyone else on this message board?

Ry893
Ry893
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

At the time it did, he had 6 sacks the season before the bucs traded for him and he showed some potential. Most of the time a 5th round pick doesn’t pan out anyways so it made sense. Atleast the bucs showed that they were trying to improve the DE position.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  Ry893
5 years ago

Just curious, I like to hear the point of view of others. I didn’t think it did at the time given the salary we gave him and the those sacks you mentioned were a career high for him. You’re probably right though that the 5th rounder wouldn’t have amounted to much in terms of a player, as history suggests. Although right now the guy we have starting at LG is a 5th round pick of ours. The 5th rounder could also have been used to trade up in earlier rounds. Maybe use that to trade up into the 2nd round… Read more »

Ry893
Ry893
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

He did not live up to his pay but like I said it was a gamble just as a 5th rounder would have been minus the high salary, time to move on and hope for
Ayers to show his worth and hopefully one of the other guys step up as well.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

pinkstob, our past history is poor when we trade for a player via any draft pick.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

As a whole I agree with you Horse.

Ry893
Ry893
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

Our best trade was Gruden lol

nitey
nitey
5 years ago

I never liked it. I said to call the Lion’s bluff on it at the time, but we apparently were too desperate for pass rushers that we made the deal. However, *I* did think he’d have performed better for us than he did.

WinstonMVP
WinstonMVP
5 years ago

Well, I hate to say it but better him then a better D lineman. GO BUCS!!! Going to be a Very Exciting Season!

WinstonMVP
WinstonMVP
5 years ago

The injury that is.