Tampa Bay Buccaneers Acquire Rishaw Johnson


Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) and safety Kelcie McCray (35) celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Tampa Bay won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired Rishaw Johnson from the Kansas City Chiefs as they look to improve at the guard position.

In return, the Bucs sent backup safety Kelcie McCray to the Chiefs.

Johnson has appeared in just three career games, all of which came last season with the Chiefs. He spent part of the 2012 season on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad.

Tampa Bay has been drastically looking to improve their depth at the guard position and the acquisition of Johnson at least helps.

After Carl Nicks’ “retirement,” the Bucs have been scrambling to find a viable starter at guard.

Through two preseason games so far, the play of Oniel Cousins, Jamon Meredith and others has been disappointing.

Johnson’s lack of experience likely means he’s not going to be relied upon any time soon to solve the Bucs’ guard woes. However, he at least adds more depth to the Bucs’ weakest position. Of course, he would still have to make the final 53-man roster, something that is far from a guarantee.

The 25-year-old has played in both of the Chiefs preseason games in 2014.

He started his collegiate career at Ole Miss but was dismissed from the team in 2010 for “violating team rules.” He then transferred to California University of Pennsylvania and in 2011 was selected as a Division II All-American.

McCray played 11 games with the Bucs last season and had 12 tackles and also recovered a fumble. He had played in both preseason games for the Bucs but it didn’t appear as though he’d make the team’s final 53-man roster.