Steelers Re-sign FB/TE David Johnson To One-Year Contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue on Tuesday with their yearly process of signing their own free agents as Bob Labriola reports on Twitter that fullback/tight end David Johnson has been re-signed to a one year contract. The deal is believed to be for the minimum.

Johnson, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of 2009 draft, tore up his knee last year in the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was lost for the season as a result. Johnson was waived/injured in August and reverted back to injured reserve after clearing waivers.

Johnson will now return to push fullback Will Johnson in training camp and he could be used at tight end more with Heath Miller more than likely to be sidelined at the start of the season due to his knee injury suffered late last year.

Johnson and Johnson had a great training camp battle last year and they figure to have another one this year.

  • steeltown

    Good move.. considering Miller will most likely not be 100% come training camp and beyond plus the more competition in camp the better, ohh and he’s cheap! I tend to think that D.John will most likely be used more as a TE, he never really excelled when used as a Fullback/lead blocker. Also I dont expect Pope to be back, so we’ll need more bodies at the TE position

    Welcome back DJohnson

  • Chris S

    I was hoping he’d be back. He can backup 2 positions technically. He was starting to look better catching the ball too as time as gone on. So as a potential #3 TE and #2 FB…I love it!

  • Lamarr56

    Hopefully this is not a replacement for Will Johnson, because he did a a great job at FB last year. If the Steelers imagine him as a TE, I would be fine.

  • steeltown

    I doubt it.. Colbert specifically named Will in the offseason as one the pleasant surprises of the 2012 season.. of course no ones job is safe, but if W.Johnson even slightly improves from last year, he should secure his spot

    I think D.Johnson will play both positions in training camp, but I bet primarily at TE

  • SteelSpine

    I recall D Johnson’s hands were not good. That’s why I think they’d put anyone we have at backup TE ahead of David at TE.
    So just my wild guess but maybe they wanna dedicate our other backup TEs & Will Johnson at TE more, till Heath healthy.

  • steeltown

    Agreed.. except currently besides Paulson and W.Johnson, we have Pianalto and Jamie McCoy.. i’d put those two in line with D.Johnson as camp fodder.. Lets just hope when its all said and done, in addition to these guys we have a fresh face from the draft competing as well

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    The team almost has to draft a TE this yr. with miller being injured and getting older.

  • mokhkw

    Draft Bio described Johnson as more of a receiving TE than a blocker & although his hands are decent, he’s not a reliable option imo.

    Surprised by this signing tbh as I didn’t think any other teams would be looking at him & there has already been some vet TEs released who we could probably get cheap to fill in for Miller if he’s not ready week 1.