Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) reacts during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers Rumor Mill Update: Darrelle Revis Asking Price, Michael Johnson, Jared Allen and More

The free agency period in the NFL begins today, and finals meetings and discussions are heating up during the end of the “legal tampering” period. And with the trade or release of Darrelle Revis looming, the Buccaneers are almost certain to be big spenders once the market opens up on Tuesday afternoon.

So just how do the Buccaneers plan to load up their roster? Here are the latest rumors.

  • The Buccaneers seem to be the odds-on favorite to land the services of Michael Johnson, as discussions with him (his agent, technically) have become serious, according to Adam Schefter. Johnson is a very good, well-rounded defensive lineman who doesn’t rush the passer at an elite level, but is very skilled and disruptive.
  • And according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Buccaneers will pay Michael Johnson an average of $8.5 million per year, which is a pretty fair number, especially considering the total given to the Vikings’ Everson Griffen.
  • The Buccaneers also appear to be hot on the trail of former Texans TE Garrett Graham, as Pat Yasinskas reported on Twitter to add to the previous report from Gil Arcia.
  • Packer Report’s Bill Huber has learned that the Buccaneers are in fact on Jared Allen’s wish list, despite previous reports that he only wanted to go to a contender. While the Buccaneers may be good in the near future, Allen could choose to go to a team like the Broncos, where contending is virtually guaranteed.
  • The Buccaneers reportedly asked for two first-round picks for Darrelle Revis when they began to shop the All-Pro corner, but according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, they were “laughed at.” Revis is now likely to be released, as teams know no other teams are likely to trade for him.

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