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NFL free agency rumors: Giants to 'make a run' at George Johnson?

The New York Giants reportedly may pursue Detroit Lions restricted free agent George Johnson.

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When the Detroit Lions tendered restricted free agent George Johnson last week, they did so at the original-round level. This means that Johnson has a one-year offer worth $1.542 million on the table, and it means that no compensation will be involved if Johnson changes teams since he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

Had the Lions tendered Johnson at the second-round level, chances are no other NFL teams would be interested in signing him. It would have cost the Lions $2.356 million, but with no compensation attached to the original-round tender, another team could swoop in and sign him to an offer sheet, forcing the Lions to either match the deal or let him go for nothing in return.

According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, the New York Giants may have interest in doing just that after missing out on Brandon Graham, who decided to re-sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.

I'm not sure where they are on defensive end after losing out on Graham, but I did hear some talk Monday night that they could make a run at Lions restricted free agent George Johnson. Detroit gave Johnson an original-round tender, so he wouldn't cost much to sign, but the Lions would have the right to match the offer.

Johnson actually had 1.5 sacks against the Giants in last year's season opener. He finished the year with 6.0 total sacks, and he really came out of nowhere after originally being signed as a camp body. I'm a bit skeptical that another team will come along and offer Johnson a notable deal simply because he's had no production in the NFL outside of his one season in Detroit, but an offer sheet of some kind is definitely a possibility.

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