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Steelers add former Bengal Brandon Johnson

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Perhaps the best sign that the Bengals have become contenders is that the Steelers are signing their players.

Linebacker Brandon Johnson, a special-teamer who appeared in every game during his four years with the Bengals, has jumped to the other side of the Ohio River rivalry.  The Steelers announced the move on Wednesday morning.

Before that, the fifth-round pick in 2006 spent two seasons with the Cardinals.

The Steelers also have signed former Ravens, Pats, and Vikings long snapper Matt Katula.

To clear out two spots on the 90-man roster, the Steelers released tight end Wes Lyons, and waived/injured receiver Connor Dixon.

Dixon will land on the Steelers’ injured reserve list, unless the Patriots claim him.

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14 Responses to “Steelers add former Bengal Brandon Johnson”
  1. jschwanny says: Jun 13, 2012 11:13 AM

    Brandon Johnson is a solid player. That’s a good signing by the Steelers.

  2. realpro14 says: Jun 13, 2012 11:16 AM

    Solid ballplayer…tackles well, not great in coverage but smart ….tough and goes all out…definite Steeler type player..

  3. sudz28 says: Jun 13, 2012 11:23 AM

    Wow, I never thought I’d see the day we’d be picking players from the Bengals. A sign of the times indeed! Congratulations on the signing and welcome aboard Brandon!

  4. 561bengal says: Jun 13, 2012 11:27 AM

    Its weird seeing the rest of the AFC North taking the Bengals table scraps. I guess the tide is changing for the better.

  5. ravenator says: Jun 13, 2012 11:57 AM

    Bust. Steelers are not making the playoffs, just look at their rival though. A model of consistency, you can bet they will make playoffs though, cheers!

  6. beelicker says: Jun 13, 2012 12:00 PM

    @realpro14

    The Bengals played him as THE nickel LB w/ some pass rush ability, best vet LB in coverage from mostly the weakside due to pursuit speed & tall, rangy frame w/ giant wingspan, plus a special teams mainstay.

    I’m curious how he translates from the Bengals’ 4-3 to the stillies’ 3-4.

  7. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 13, 2012 12:59 PM

    Brandon Johnson is a tiny notch below Keith Rivers quality. Both will make solid backups.

  8. theredbengal says: Jun 13, 2012 1:00 PM

    B. Johnson makes plays and is a solid player. Since Keith Rivers was always getting hurt or being his usual average self, Johnson would come in and outperform him every time. Easily was the most consistent LB in tackling and coverage from 08-10, until Lawson and Howard came in last year.

    He’s a Steeler type player, for sure.

  9. nopepper123 says: Jun 13, 2012 1:20 PM

    Nice to see that the Steelers need the Bengals sloppy seconds!!!

  10. Deb says: Jun 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    @beelicker …

    We’ll probably use him more on special teams. But we may mix up things a bit now and then. It’s always good to have some versatility in the ranks.

  11. steelersownyou says: Jun 13, 2012 2:50 PM

    If the steelers picked him up im sure its more of the bengals screwing that up more than a so called “sign of the times” kevin colbert is awesome at doing thinga like this. Steeler nation trusts him 100%. We have best QB in the Afc north. Were never scared! Black & yellow fools!

  12. gnutella0 says: Jun 13, 2012 4:45 PM

    The Steelers signed Kimo von Oelhoffen from the Bengals back in 2000, back when the Bengals were the dregs of the NFL, so signing Brandon Johnson isn’t necessarily a reflection of how far the Bengals have come. If anything, it’s a reflection of health concerns at ROLB, especially considering they’ve been practicing Johnson at ROLB in mini-camp. James Harrison has fluid buildup in one of his knees, and Jason Worilds has had thumb surgery and hasn’t managed to stay healthy consistently since he was drafted.

  13. gnutella0 says: Jun 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    The Steelers signed Kimo von Oelhoffen from the Bengals back in 2000, when the Bengals were the dregs of the NFL, so signing Brandon Johnson isn’t necessarily a reflection of how far the Bengals have come. If anything, it’s a reflection of health concerns at ROLB for the Steelers, especially considering they’ve begunn practicing Johnson at ROLB in mini-camp. James Harrison has fluid buildup in one of his knees, and Jason Worilds has had thumb surgery and hasn’t managed to stay healthy consistently since he was drafted.

  14. vex24 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:52 AM

    BJ is and was a good player & excellent team mate. Hate to see him go, but it’s best for Bengals’ and BJ… however, I hate seeing him go to a division rival.

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