Steelers bring back Landry Jones, David Johnson

AP

The Steelers are retaining their backup quarterback, Landry Jones.

The team announced Thursday that Jones and tight end David Johnson have signed two-year contracts to stay in Pittsburgh. Jones started two games last season and has been with the Steelers since 2013.

There had been some thought that the Steelers would look to upgrade behind Ben Roethlisberger, but the team is likely to draft a developmental quarterback after Roethlisberger talked a little about retirement in January. Keeping Jones offers the team some comfort level and experience at the primary backup spot.

Johnson was drafted by the Steelers in 2009 and returned to the team in 2015 after playing for the Chargers. He’s started 38 of 98 career games.

The Steelers also released running back Karlos Williams, who had signed a futures deal in January.

5 responses to “Steelers bring back Landry Jones, David Johnson

  1. David Johnson played very well for them.

    Landry Jones continued to show his utter and total lack of value last year. Usually holding on to your draftees is a good idea-sometimes you can get too married to the idea and you re-sign a guy who at his VERY best is average.

    I mean, I know he has starting experience to a degree. But even as a backup he’s poor. He’s definitely not going to take over the franchise. The Steelers would probably have been better with Mettenberger, who at least has the excuse of playing for the Titans to justify his record.

  2. Good, now the Steelers wont feel pressured to draft
    a QB this year – unless a good one falls in their lap.

  3. Looks like the Steelers are just trying to stop the bleeding. Jones may not lay a giant egg in the post season like little Ben does year after year, but he’s not good enough to get them to the post season.

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