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Brandon Johnson | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: Louisville
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Free agent LB Brandon Johnson worked out for the Patriots on Monday.
Johnson, 30, appeared in 14 games for the Steelers in 2012, making ten tackles as a pure special teams player. He does have 16 career starts under his belt from his time with the Bengals. Johnson would provide veteran depth. Mon, May 13, 2013 06:27:00 PM
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Steelers signed LB Brandon Johnson, formerly of the Bengals.

Johnson spent the past four seasons with the Bengals as one of the league's top reserve linebackers and special teamers. He'll play the same role in Pittsburgh, adding depth inside following James Farrior's exit. TE Wes Lyons and WR Connor Dixon were waived to create roster space.
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 10:26:00 AM

Free agent LB Brandon Johnson is visiting the Steelers on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh-Cincinnati pipeline has traditionally run the opposite direction -- downstream. A top reserve the past few seasons, Johnson would provide insurance inside for the Steelers after cutting ties with James Farrior.
Wed, May 9, 2012 11:29:00 AM

Bengals re-signed LB Brandon Johnson.

Re-signing Johnson became a greater priority for Cincinnati after Roddrick Muckelroy ruptured his Achilles on Saturday. He doesn't have a clear path to a starting role after the Bengals signed Manny Lawson on Monday, but should still see plenty of snaps this season.
Wed, Aug 3, 2011 04:22:00 PM

Bengals.com confirms the team would like to re-sign free agent LB Brandon Johnson and DL Jonathan Fanene.

Both players have been key cogs in Mike Zimmer's nickel defense. A top reserve the past couple of years, Johnson may be seeking a starting job on the open market. Installing him as the strong-side linebacker in Cincy makes more sense than pushing special teamer Dan Skuta into the role.
Source: Bengals.com
Sun, Jul 24, 2011 02:22:00 PM

Free agent LB Brandon Johnson is the latest player to say he's been enjoying the lockout.

"I'm actually kind of enjoying my time off," he said. "I get a lot of family time in, I get to kick it with my friends, get do a lot of traveling. I don’t have to spend eight hours at the stadium." Somebody will be getting a call from the former NFLPA, and possibly quoted in court by the NFL's lawyers later this summer.
Sat, Jun 11, 2011 04:28:00 PM

Bengals re-signed restricted free agent LB Brandon Johnson to a one-year, $1.759 million contract.

One of the most valuable reserve linebackers in the league, Johnson will return in the same role behind Keith Rivers on the weak side.
Thu, Apr 15, 2010 03:50:00 PM

Restricted free agent LB Brandon Johnson will receive a second-round tender from the Bengals.

The second-round tender will pay Johnson $1.759 million. He got the same tender last year from the team. Johnson recorded 58 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2009 as Cincinnati's utility linebacker.
Sat, Feb 27, 2010 11:27:00 AM

Bengals OLB Brandon Johnson could miss up to four weeks after suffering an apparently serious hamstring injury during Sunday's practice.

Johnson is Keith Rivers' top backup on the weak side. The Bengals are now down a couple of key reserves, having already lost nickel back David Jones to a potentially serious foot injury. Johnson appears to be week to week.
Source: bengals.com
Sun, Aug 2, 2009 08:49:00 PM

Bengals signed restricted free agent OLB Brandon Johnson to a one-year, $1.545 million contract.

Johnson was Cincinnati's most productive linebacker down the stretch last year, amassing 83 tackles and two interceptions on the weak side after Keith Rivers' injury. Johnson will be the Bengals' utility linebacker this year.
Thu, Apr 16, 2009 04:38:00 PM

The Bengals extended LB Brandon Johnson a second-round ($1.545 million) restricted free agent tender.

After taking over for Keith Rivers as the team's starting weak-side 'backer last year, Johnson settled in with 53 tackles and two interceptions in Cincy's last seven games. He probably won't start in 2009, but is too good to let go.
Source: bengals.com
Tue, Feb 24, 2009 04:05:00 PM

Brandon Johnson will take over as the Bengals' starting weak-side linebacker with Keith Rivers (jaw) headed for IR.

Johnson was highly productive in the preseason and will have tons of tackle chances playing WILL 'backer in Cincinnati's scheme. He may not be the playmaker Rivers was, but Johnson has easy 6-7 tackle per week potential.
Mon, Oct 20, 2008 01:30:00 AM

Brandon Johnson has been elevated to starting weak-side linebacker on the Bengals' latest training camp depth chart.

Johnson, who Carson Palmer called the team's MVP through the first week of camp, is ahead of Jim Maxwell and unsigned rookie Keith Rivers. This is a very tackle-friendly position. The winner could easily reach 100 stops.
Mon, Aug 4, 2008 03:42:00 PM

Bengals WLB Brandon Johnson has made a big impression early in camp and racked up five tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, in Friday's intersquad scrimmage.

He stuffed Dan Coats on second down and sniffed out an Andre Caldwell reverse to force a punt in the practice game. Keith Rivers is Cincy's WILL 'backer of the future, but he'll have ground to make up when his holdout ends.
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 10:31:00 PM

Bengals signed LB Brandon Johnson, formerly of the Cardinals.

A special teamer, Johnson was a fifth-round pick under Dennis Green in '06. He didn't get an exclusive rights tender from the Cards due to their cap woes.
Thu, Mar 20, 2008 06:54:00 AM

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QB1B.J. Coleman
2Caleb Hanie
3David Carr
4Rex Grossman
5Vince Young
6Brady Quinn
7Kevin Kolb
8Curtis Painter
9John Skelton
10Josh Portis
11Jerrod Johnson
12Adam Weber
13Jordan Rodgers
14Brendon Kay
15Logan Kilgore
16Trent Edwards
17Pat White
18John Parker Wilson
19Nate Enderle
20Nick Stephens
21Tyler Wilson
22Ryan Katz
23Colby Cameron
24Kyle Padron
25James Vandenberg
26Mike Hermann
27Nathan Stanley
28Dalton Williams
29Matt Brown
30Caleb TerBush
31Tim Jenkins
32Dayne Crist
33Brett Smith
34James Franklin
35Tommy Rees
36Brock Jensen
37Brandon Bridge
38Anthony Boone
39Connor Halliday
40Cole Stoudt
41Keith Price
42Collin Klein
43Rusty Smith
44Pat Devlin
45Kory Faulkner
46Alex Carder
RB1Pierre Thomas
2Steven Jackson
3Michael Turner
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Chris Johnson
7Ryan Torain
8Beanie Wells
9Andre Brown
10Jalen Parmele
11Peyton Hillis
12BenJarvus Green-Ellis
13Jamie Harper
14Chris Rainey
15Terrance Ganaway
16Alvester Alexander
17Jewel Hampton
18Zach Brown
19Ronnie Wingo
20Evan Royster
21Ray Rice
22Mikel Leshoure
23Lance Ball
24Shonn Greene
25Isaac Redman
26Michael Bush
27D.J. Harper
28Tim Cornett
29Brandon Saine
30Stephen Houston
31Demitrius Bronson
32Alex Green
33Malcolm Agnew
34Derrick Strozier
35Armond Smith
36David Fluellen
37Roy Finch
38Tim Flanders
39Jordan Lynch
40Jordan Roberts
41Orwin Smith
42Henry Josey
43Kapri Bibbs
44Javarris James
45Josh Vaughan
46Darren Evans
47Delone Carter
48Anthony Allen
49Damien Berry
50Richard Murphy
51William Powell
52Deonte Williams
53Bradley Randle
54Quentin Hines
55De'Leon Eskridge
56Cierre Wood
57Stefphon Jefferson
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Chris Johnson
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Chris Johnson
3Steven Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Beanie Wells
6Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Jed Collins
7Tony Fiammetta
8Frank Summers
9Chris Pressley
10Brit Miller
11Will Ta'ufo'ou
12Bradie Ewing
13Maurice Hagens
14Stephen Campbell
15Chad Young
16Kadeem Jones
17Harvey Unga
18Owen Marecic
19Shaun Chapas
20Dorson Boyce
21Eric Kettani
22Braden Wilson
23Zach Boren
24Lonnie Pryor
25Ben Bartholomew
26Ina Liaina
27Quinn Johnson
28Owen Schmitt
29Brian Leonard
30James Baker
31Eddie Williams
32Alex Debniak
33Ryan Roberson
34Jonathan Amosa
35Rupert Bryan
36Cameron White
37Devonte Campbell
38Michael Zordich
39Jon Hoese
40Ben Guidugli
41Ryan D'Imperio
42Chad Abram
43Karl Williams
44Nate Eachus
45Jourdan Brooks
46Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Titus Young
6Darius Johnson
7Chris Boyd
8Taulib Ikharo
9Keenan Davis
10Lamont Bryant
11Ryan Whalen
12Jamar Newsome
13Terrence Toliver
14Greg Childs
15Kevin Hardy
16Tim Benford
17Devery Henderson
18Richard Goodman
19Ben Obomanu
20Johnathan Haggerty
21Emmanuel Arceneaux
22Andy Tanner
23Matt Willis
24Lavelle Hawkins
25Brett Swain
26Chaz Schilens
27Kevin Ogletree
28Brian Robiskie
29Tiquan Underwood
30Charly Martin
31Marcus Jackson
32Derek Moye
33Kamar Jorden
34Nicholas Johnson
35Jordan White
36Chris Summers
37Da'Rick Rogers
38Sederrick Cunningham
39Zach Rogers
40Roy Roundtree
41Dan Buckner
42Will Murphy
43Chad Bumphis
44Robby Toma
45Carlin Isles
46Braylon Bell
47Naaman Roosevelt
48Darius Davis
49Mike Davis
50Cody Hoffman
51Kadron Boone
52Nathan Slaughter
53Quintin Payton
54Wilson Van Hooser
55C.J. Goodwin
56Terrell Sinkfield
57Jheranie Boyd
58Eric Rogers
59Rashaad Carter
60Demetrius Fields
61Scott Pillar
62Tyrone Goard
63Sam McGuffie
64Erik Highsmith
65Chip Reeves
66Mark Harrison
67Cole McKenzie
68Jamal Miles
69Rashad Evans
70T.J. Moe
71Jasper Collins
72Jeremy Ebert
73LaQuan Williams
74Diondre Borel
75Bert Reed
76Brandon Carswell
77Joseph Anderson
78Julius Pruitt
79Mardy Gilyard
80Jon Baldwin
81Chastin West
WR21Braylon Edwards
2James Jones
3Davone Bess
4Anthony Armstrong
5Kerry Meier
6David Nelson
7Greg Little
8Kealoha Pilares
9Drew Davis
10Raymond Radway
11Brandon Banks
12Donald Jones
13Jordan Shipley
14Eric Page
15Chris Givens
16Darius Hanks
17Mohamed Massaquoi
18Earl Bennett
19Steve Breaston
20Josh Cribbs
21Micheal Spurlock
22Donte' Stallworth
23Aaron Mellette
24Robert Gill
25Lanear Sampson
26Alec Lemon
27Lamaar Thomas
28Duke Calhoun
29Kerry Taylor
30Martel Moore
31Dominique Croom
32Travis Harvey
33Charles Hawkins
34Alex Gillett
35Kain Colter
36Nicholas Edwards
37Greg Hardin
38Eric Ward
39Jerry Rice Jr.
40Eric Thomas
41L'Damian Washington
42Lacoltan Bester
43Michael Jenkins
44Devin Aromashodu
45David Ball
46David Douglas
47Dale Moss
48Brandon Collins
49Tray Session
50Jeff Fuller
51David Reed
52Jarett Dillard
53Dezmon Briscoe
54Tim Toone
55Isaiah Williams
56Roberto Wallace
57Bobby Sewall
58Tori Gurley
59Ronald Johnson
60Terrence Austin
61Joe Adams
62Marvin McNutt
63Phil Bates
64Kevin Elliott
65Jared Green
66Mike Willie
67Michael Calvin
68Taveon Rogers
69Andrew DePaola
70James Shaw
71Devin Goda
72Early Doucet
73Darius Reynaud
74Deon Butler
75Patrick Crayton
76Jordan Harris
77Anthony McClung
78Jaz Reynolds
79Tyrell Williams
80Austin Hill
81Paul Browning
82Austin Franklin
83Alex Neutz
84Geraldo Boldewijn
85Kelsey Pope
86Micah Hatfield
87Perez Ashford
88Weston Dressler
89Jeremy Gallon
90Andy Cruse
91Anthony Amos
92R.J. Webb
93Andrew Helmick
94Jason Thompson
95Omarius Hines
96Gerrard Sheppard
97Rodrick Rumble
98Jerry Johnson
99Kevin Dorsey
100Brandon Kaufman
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5James Jones
6Davone Bess
TE1Randy McMichael
2Leonard Pope
3Tony Scheffler
4David Thomas
5Zach Miller
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Steve Watson
11Taylor Thompson
12Andrew Szczerba
13Billy Bajema
14Kevin Brock
15D.J. Williams
16Tommy Gallarda
17Daniel Graham
18Joel Dreessen
19Dan Gronkowski
20Martin Rucker
21Cameron Morrah
22Ben Hartsock
23Visanthe Shiancoe
24Weslye Saunders
25Jeron Mastrud
26Dominique Curry
27Zach Potter
28Colin Cloherty
29Tom Crabtree
30Brody Eldridge
31Nate Byham
32Dedrick Epps
33Nelson Rosario
34Mason Brodine
35Mike McNeill
36Hayden Smith
37Joe Sawyer
38Matt Furstenburg
39Ben Cotton
40David Rolf
41Jake Byrne
42Evan Wilson
43Kevin Greene
44Emmanuel Ogbuehi
45Jacob Pedersen
46D.J. Tialavea
47Justin Jones
48Asa Watson
49Brian Wozniak
50David Wright
51Jason Schepler
52Chase Clement
53A.C. Leonard
54Morrell Presley
55Jean Sifrin
56Evan Landi
57Taylor Cook
58Colin Anderson
59Travis Tannahill
60Nick Kasa
61Andre Hardy
62Tim Biere
63Brandon Barden
64Jamie McCoy
65Nathan Overbay
66Martell Webb
67Cameron Graham
68Michael Higgins
69Alex Silvestro
70Travis Beckum
71Richard Quinn
72Jake O'Connell
73Evan Moore
74Fred Davis
75Isaiah Stanback
K1Maikon Bonani
2Nate Freese
3Shayne Graham
4Billy Cundiff
5Rob Bironas
6Garrett Hartley
7Alex Henery
8Matt Szymanski
9Derek Dimke
10Danny Hrapmann
11Havard Rugland
12Austin Signor
13Morgan Lineberry
14Quinn Sharp
15Brett Baer
16Sergio Castillo
17Mitch Ewald
18Kevin Goessling
19Brett Maher
20Jose Maltos
21Adam Yates
22Zach Ramirez