Steelers Sign TE Justin Peelle, Waive FB David Johnson Injured

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Monday as they signed free agent tight end Justin Peelle and waived fullback David Johnson injured.

Peelle was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL draft after playing his college football at Oregon. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 and spent two seasons with them. Peelle hooked on with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, where he played three more seasons. Last season Peele played with the San Francisco 49ers.

For his career, Peelle has 123 regular season receptions for 1,003 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns. He is listed at 6 foot 4, 251 pounds. He also has experience as a fullback and has 25 career tackles to his credit in addition.

Johnson, who signed a one-year, $1.26 million restricted tender this offseason, will likely be placed on the Steelers injured reserve list after he clears waivers. Johnson tore both his ACL and MCL this past Thursday night in the Steelers first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Jason White

    Watch Bruce Arians convince Chuck Pagano (spelling?) to pick him up. SMH

  • Does this move create any cap space?

  • SteelSpine

    David Johnson is heavier than WIll Johnson & David is the better blocker. If Will Johnson in there, have to use him less for blocking but he can do more with the ball. So I guess it’s not the size of the Johnson that matters, but how you use it?

  • SteelersDepot