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Lions disputing George Johnson's offer sheet with Buccaneers

The Detroit Lions have decided to dispute George Johnson's offer sheet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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With restricted free agent George Johnson signing an offer sheet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, the Detroit Lions had until Monday to make a decision about matching it or letting him walk. Well, that's what was supposed to happen, anyway.

As it turns out, the Lions have made a decision of a different sort: They are contesting Johnson's offer sheet. It's unclear what exactly has led them to dispute Johnson's deal with the Buccaneers, but this situation isn't going to be resolved on Monday:

I've never heard of something like this happening before, so it's unclear what this process entails once you get beyond the arbitrator stage. Could the offer sheet simply be deemed invalid? If so, would Johnson then be able to sign a new deal with the Bucs before the April 24 deadline for restricted free agents, or would he then revert back to the Lions? It's unclear, and it's unclear why this offer sheet is being contested in the first place, but this is interesting:

Johnson's offer sheet is for three years and $9 million, and Dave Birkett reports that it has a 2015 cap hit of $2.75 million. Well, that's what Johnson is supposed to make, but with the Lions disputing the offer sheet, he is in limbo for the time being.

UPDATE: Here are more details:

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