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Deadline for Pearson Offer Nearing

Safety Kalvin Pearson is set to sign with the Detroit Lions, but before doing that he is waiting to hear back from his current team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A restricted free agent, Pearson last week was offered a three-year, $3.5 million contract by the Lions, whose offer included a $1.1 million signing bonus.

The Bucs have until 4 p.m. Wednesday to match the offer or they will lose Pearson. In addition the Bucs would not be owed compensation for their loss because Pearson came into the league as an undrafted free agent.

"We have not heard anything from Tampa Bay," Pearson's agent, Michael Hawthorne, said. "We know they had a meeting about Pearson on Monday, but I don't know what has come of that. If nothing, we'll sign with Detroit on Wednesday at 4 p.m."

If the Bucs don't match the offer and Pearson does sign with the Lions, he would be the fourth Tampa Bay player to do so in this offseason alone.  Detroit truly is becoming Tampa Bay north it seems like.

(HT: Highlight Reel)

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