Bucs have sights set on Johnson

Speculation about a possible trade between the Lions and Buccaneers seems to grow with each passing day.

The most recent rumblings had Detroit proposing a deal to swap picks in return for DE Simeon Rice, who played under Lions coach Rod Marinelli when Marinelli was Tampa Bay's defensive line coach. Although the conjecture is compelling, the bottom line is that neither team can commit fully to a deal until the Lions go on the clock at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET next Saturday.

For starters, the Bucs are interested in moving up only if Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson is on the board at No. 2. Secondly, the Lions would be insane to verbally commit to even a hypothetical deal without spending a few minutes on the clock entertaining other potential deals (possibly from the Redskins or Falcons).