As bad as that signing seems, was the timing of his release an even dumber move? I assumed Lovie and Licht were pretty bad at their job simply due to the fact that they had to cut their 2 biggest FA signings within a year of having their jobs. But why drop Johnson with not even ONE capable NFL starter on the roster? We’re the Bucs strapped for cash? No. Dealing with a locker room cancer? Nope. What was the benefit in releasing Johnson so early without having anything resembling a replacement option, and still at a point in his contract where releasing him benefits the team very little financially?
I’m sure several apologists for the Bucs GM/HC, will chime in with, “You people hated Johnson and now youre mad because the coach admitted his mistake and moved on/one good game means nothing”….Dig deeper than that. We have Publix bag boys filling the depth chart at DE, and there couldn't have been much of a financial positive in releasing Johnson before the 2nd year of a 5 or 6 year deal, PLUS, we had the cap room and enough need at the position to hold him in case a replacement wasn't found (it wasnt), and at the very least give him 1 more season to figure it out.