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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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16Logan Kilgore
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18Colby Cameron
19Kyle Padron
20James Vandenberg
21Mike Hermann
22Nathan Stanley
23Dalton Williams
24Matt Brown
25Caleb TerBush
26Tim Jenkins
27Dayne Crist
28Pat White
29John Parker Wilson
30Trent Edwards
31Jerrod Johnson
32Adam Weber
33Nate Enderle
34Nick Stephens
35Tyler Wilson
36Tommy Rees
37Brock Jensen
38Brandon Bridge
39Connor Halliday
40Cole Stoudt
41Collin Klein
42Rusty Smith
43Kory Faulkner
44Alex Carder
45Keith Price
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2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Chris Johnson
7Ryan Torain
8Beanie Wells
9Andre Brown
10Jamie Harper
11Chris Rainey
12Jalen Parmele
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14BenJarvus Green-Ellis
15Lance Ball
16Ray Rice
17Michael Bush
18Terrance Ganaway
19Alvester Alexander
20Jewel Hampton
21Zach Brown
22Mikel Leshoure
23Brandon Saine
24Evan Royster
25Isaac Redman
26Ronnie Wingo
27D.J. Harper
28Tim Cornett
29Demitrius Bronson
30Stephen Houston
31Alex Green
32Derrick Strozier
33Malcolm Agnew
34David Fluellen
35Roy Finch
36Tim Flanders
37Jordan Lynch
38Jordan Roberts
39Orwin Smith
40Henry Josey
41Kapri Bibbs
42Deonte Williams
43Bradley Randle
44Quentin Hines
45De'Leon Eskridge
46Javarris James
47Josh Vaughan
48Darren Evans
49Anthony Allen
50Damien Berry
51Richard Murphy
52William Powell
53Armond Smith
54Delone Carter
55Cierre Wood
56Stefphon Jefferson
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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
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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
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2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Titus Young
6Darius Johnson
7Chris Boyd
8Taulib Ikharo
9Keenan Davis
10Lamont Bryant
11Ryan Whalen
12Jamar Newsome
13Terrence Toliver
14Tommy Streeter
15Greg Childs
16Kevin Hardy
17Tim Benford
18Devery Henderson
19Richard Goodman
20Ben Obomanu
21Johnathan Haggerty
22Emmanuel Arceneaux
23Andy Tanner
24Matt Willis
25Lavelle Hawkins
26Brett Swain
27Chaz Schilens
28Kevin Ogletree
29Brian Robiskie
30Tiquan Underwood
31Charly Martin
32Marcus Jackson
33Derek Moye
34Kamar Jorden
35Nicholas Johnson
36Jordan White
37Chris Summers
38Sederrick Cunningham
39Zach Rogers
40Roy Roundtree
41Dan Buckner
42Will Murphy
43Chad Bumphis
44Robby Toma
45Carlin Isles
46Braylon Bell
47Naaman Roosevelt
48Mike Davis
49Cody Hoffman
50Kadron Boone
51Nathan Slaughter
52Quintin Payton
53Wilson Van Hooser
54C.J. Goodwin
55Terrell Sinkfield
56Jheranie Boyd
57Eric Rogers
58Rashaad Carter
59Demetrius Fields
60Scott Pillar
61Tyrone Goard
62Sam McGuffie
63Erik Highsmith
64Chip Reeves
65Mark Harrison
66Cole McKenzie
67Jamal Miles
68Rashad Evans
69T.J. Moe
70Jasper Collins
71Jeremy Ebert
72LaQuan Williams
73Diondre Borel
74Bert Reed
75Brandon Carswell
76Joseph Anderson
77Julius Pruitt
78Mardy Gilyard
79Jon Baldwin
80Chastin West
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2James Jones
3Davone Bess
4Anthony Armstrong
5Kerry Meier
6David Nelson
7Greg Little
8Kris Durham
9Kealoha Pilares
10Brandon Banks
11Donald Jones
12Jordan Shipley
13Drew Davis
14Raymond Radway
15Eric Page
16Chris Givens
17Darius Hanks
18Mohamed Massaquoi
19Earl Bennett
20Steve Breaston
21Josh Cribbs
22Micheal Spurlock
23Donte' Stallworth
24Aaron Mellette
25Robert Gill
26Brandon Collins
27Tray Session
28Lanear Sampson
29Alec Lemon
30Lamaar Thomas
31Martel Moore
32Nicholas Edwards
33Dominique Croom
34Travis Harvey
35Charles Hawkins
36Alex Gillett
37Kain Colter
38Greg Hardin
39Eric Thomas
40Eric Ward
41L'Damian Washington
42Lacoltan Bester
43Jerry Rice Jr.
44Michael Jenkins
45Devin Aromashodu
46David Ball
47David Douglas
48Dale Moss
49Jeff Fuller
50Duke Calhoun
51Kerry Taylor
52Trindon Holliday
53David Reed
54Jarett Dillard
55Dezmon Briscoe
56Tim Toone
57Isaiah Williams
58Roberto Wallace
59Bobby Sewall
60Ronald Johnson
61Terrence Austin
62Tori Gurley
63Joe Adams
64Marvin McNutt
65Phil Bates
66Devin Goda
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68Jared Green
69Mike Willie
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71Taveon Rogers
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75Patrick Crayton
76Tyrell Williams
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78Jordan Harris
79Anthony McClung
80Austin Franklin
81Alex Neutz
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83Kelsey Pope
84Jaz Reynolds
85Micah Hatfield
86Weston Dressler
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93Omarius Hines
94Gerrard Sheppard
95Perez Ashford
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99James Shaw
100Kevin Dorsey
101Brandon Kaufman
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6Davone Bess
7Kris Durham
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13Billy Bajema
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15D.J. Williams
16Tommy Gallarda
17Daniel Graham
18Steve Watson
19Jacob Pedersen
20D.J. Tialavea
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22Justin Jones
23Asa Watson
24Evan Wilson
25Jake Byrne
26Joel Dreessen
27Dan Gronkowski
28Martin Rucker
29Cameron Morrah
30Ben Hartsock
31Visanthe Shiancoe
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33Jeron Mastrud
34Steve Maneri
35Dominique Curry
36Zach Potter
37Colin Cloherty
38Tom Crabtree
39Brody Eldridge
40Nate Byham
41Dedrick Epps
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43Mason Brodine
44Mike McNeill
45Hayden Smith
46Joe Sawyer
47Matt Furstenburg
48Ben Cotton
49David Rolf
50Evan Landi
51Taylor Cook
52Colin Anderson
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55Tim Biere
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58Nathan Overbay
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60Cameron Graham
61Michael Higgins
62Alex Silvestro
63Travis Beckum
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65Jake O'Connell
66Evan Moore
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68Morrell Presley
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