Steelers retain David Johnson with one-year deal

3/13/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed tight end/ fullback David Johnson on Tuesday, offering him a one-year contract to return with the team in 2013. The contract is expected to be a minimum.
 The versatile David Johnson was projected to be the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting fullback in the 2012 season, but he went down in the preseason opener. David Johnson missed the entire season on the injured reserve due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The 25-year-old David Johnson was set to become a free agent, but the Pittsburgh Steelers satisfied with his rehabilitation to sign him through next season.
Selected last in the 2009 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, David Johnson has amassed 19 receptions for 146 yards in three active seasons during his NFL career. David Johnson played 47 games while starting 24 down the stretch, but interestingly he missed only one game during while on the active roster.
David Johnson has primarily served as a blocker for Pittsburgh Steelers, but there are plenty of opportunities at training camp, competing against Will Johnson for the fullback position. Moreover, with Heath Miller sidelined early in Week 17 of 2012 season knee injury, David Johnson will be likely used more at tight end as well.
However, recently talks of drafting tight end in the first round has come up, following David Johnson‘s knee injury. And with second-year pro David Paulson lacking experience, the Pittsburgh Steelers could seriously consider adding a third tight end if they David Johnson would adjust at fullback.
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