Steelers Release TE Wes Lyons, Sign LB Brandon Johnson

On Tuesday it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers had signed long snapper Matt Katula. Today we have the back end of that transaction as wide receiver Connor Dixon was placed on their Waived/Injured List.

In addition to that move that was made official today, the Steelers also announced that linebacker Brandon Johnson has been signed and that tight end Wes Lyons has been released. Johnson, who was brought in for a visit in early May, was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing his college football at Louisville. He spent parts of two seasons with the Cardinals and signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008, where he started 9 games at weak-side linebacker. He stayed with the Bengals through the 2011 season and started a total of 16 games for them over the course of 4 seasons. Johnson is a strong special teams contributor and was voted the Bengals special teams captain in 2010.

Lyons was with the Steelers during training camp last year as a wide receiver after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He was released prior to the start of the regular season. The Steelers signed him back to the off-season roster following the 2011 season and moved him to tight end. Dixon was signed as an undrafted free agent following the draft. He suffered some sort of leg or ankle injury during OTA sessions.

It was originally rumored that kicker Danny Hrapmann had been released to make room for Katula, because he was absent from mini-camp on Tuesday. Hrapmann and his wife are expecting any day now and that would explain his absence.

  • Kingmagyar

    Maybe the biggest mistake of Wes Lyons life was gaining that weight to be a TE. Last year he looked good as a WR and made a nice catch in a game prior to suffering a concussion and with 1-2 roster spots open at WR he had a better chance there then trying to grab a TE spot that really doesn’t exist. Hopefully he wasn’t given this advice from someone other then himself because it may have cost him a career.

  • JohnnyV1

    Could see the Brandon Johnson coming. Whether it was that KC wanted to wait until after June 1st to not impact future compensatory picks, or b/c Johnson’s salary had to come down to the veteran minimum, it’s a solid post-June 1st signing.

  • Derick

    sorry Ivy

  • Jprankster2005

    To bad I was hoping Lyons would make a push for the 2nd TE spot

  • LucasY59

    since this post is about releases and signings I have a question, I saw that Donovan Warren was released by the Bears, He had a good training camp and pre season for the Steelers last year (if I am remembering the right player) Is there any chance the Steelers bring him back to compete for the last CB spot? (seemed like he was pretty close to getting it last year and may have been better and definately cheaper than B.Mcfadden)

  • SteelSpine

    The way things are going, Next offseason Wes Lyons will be tried at offensive tackle 🙂