View Full Version : Wes Lyons released, 2 veterans signed

06-13-2012, 10:05 AM
So much for the Wes Lyons TE project, he was released today according to Steelers.com. They also officially announced signing Brandon Johnson and Matt Katula

The Steelers announced today the signing of two veterans to their active roster, linebacker Brandon Johnson and long snapper Matt Katula.Johnson (6-5, 245) has spent the past four seasons (2008-11) with the Cincinnati Bengals, playing primarily on special teams and as a backup linebacker. He played in all 16 regular-season games each year with the Bengals and had a career-best 83 tackles in 2008. Johnson was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Louisville. He played special teams in his two seasons with the Cardinals.Katula (6-6, 265) previously spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings over the course of his seven-year NFL career. He has appeared in 93 games as a long snapper, but only 13 games over the last two seasons. After being released by the Patriots prior to the start of the 2011 season, Katula spent the last five games of 2011 with the Vikings. Originally signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005, Katula played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin.The Steelers have placed wide receiver Connor Dixonhttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/connor-dixon/765d116c-b45c-4086-85ac-e6802e53a206/) on their Waived/Injured List and also released tight end Wes Lyonshttp://www.steelers.com/assets/nflimg/icon-article-link.gif (http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/wes-lyons/72744d12-f717-4b4b-b802-69128af4ac36/).

K Train
06-13-2012, 10:06 AM
so much for him being a "beast" lol, he never really stood a chance

06-13-2012, 10:12 AM
Great there goes our run!

06-13-2012, 10:49 AM
Dude had the physical tools but this is 2nd go round with the team. The TE position is crowded enough now as it is, as was the WR spots. I had hopes that he might be able to use that size and make the team but just never materialized.

06-13-2012, 11:17 AM
Cut for a long snapper that's got to hurt. That's like losing your job at Wal Mart pushing carts to a teenager with acne.

K Train
06-13-2012, 12:02 PM
Johnson is a good pickup, a lot like getting keyaron fox a few years ago

Real Deal Steel
06-13-2012, 12:20 PM
Oh well. We move on.

06-13-2012, 12:30 PM
I like the Brandon Johnson signing. He adds depth and experience and is coming from a similar system. This is a type of signing that doesn't garner a lot of headlines, but can pay dividends down the road.