According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, free agent linebacker Brandon Johnson is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers today.
Johnson joined the Bengals in 2008 after spending his first 2 years in the league with the Arizona Cardinals. He played in every regular season and post season Bengals game since, the longest active streak on the team. Along with generating over 80 tackles during his first season with the team, Johnson also had 3.5 sacks, 3 interceptions,1 forced fumble, and 14 passes defensed throughout his career wit the Bengals.
Depsite the team’s effors to indirectly reduce Johnson’s playing time on defense since 2008; by drafting linebackers and signing free agents, Johnson has reshaped his overall importance to the team through playing on special teams. He was team captain of that unit in 2010.
Cincinnati made little effort to bring back Johnson this year after a series of single year deals. With Rey Maualuga, Thomas Howard, starting and Dan Skuta, Dontay Moch, Rodderick Muckelroy and Vincent Rey backing them up on defense there just doesn’t seem to be the room to keep Johnson too.
According the Pittsburgh Tribune Review free agent journeymen K Dave Rayner and LB Matt Roth also are visiting the team today.
Here are Brandon Johnson’s stats since entering the league in 2006: