All has been quiet on the free-agent front for the Detroit Lions as of late, but there was a notable development on Thursday: Restricted free agent George Johnson visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Sports Talk Florida's Jenna Laine.
What exactly does this mean for the Lions? Well, if the Buccaneers sign Johnson to an offer sheet, the Lions will have an opportunity to match the deal. If they decide to match the deal, Johnson would remain with the Lions under the terms of the offer sheet. If the Lions decide against matching the deal, however, then Johnson would become a member of the Buccaneers and the Lions would have nothing to show for losing him.
The reason no compensation is involved is because the Lions put an original-round tender on Johnson, who was an undrafted free agent. (Interestingly enough, Johnson first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent when the Buccaneers signed him back in 2010.) Essentially, the Lions gave themselves an opportunity to match any offer that comes Johnson's way, but that's it.
If Johnson doesn't end up signing an offer sheet and ultimately signs his one-year tender with the Lions, he will make $1.542 million in 2015.