Bucs, Michael Johnson closing in on deal

Michael Johnson has racked up 26.5 sacks in five seasons with Cincy.

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While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly shop cornerback Darrelle Revis, the team is interested in beefing up its pass rush.

Defensive end Michael Johnson is closing in on a deal with Tampa Bay, according to FOX Sports 1’s Alex Marvez and media reports.

Johnson, 27, is one of the most coveted players in free agency after spending his first five seasons in Cincinnati. With other defensive ends like Greg Hardy (Panthers), Michael Bennett (Seahawks) and Everson Griffen (Vikings) being retained by their teams, the marketplace for the position isn’t as deep as it was once anticipated to be.

Tampa Bay is an attractive place to play under Lovie Smith and Johnson wanted to be there from the beginning, according to FOX Sports 1’s Mike Garafolo.

Johnson would join a defensive line that includes such talents as Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers.