NFL notebook: Steelers sign ILB, special teams player Johnson
The Steelers on Friday continued to bolster their roster through free agency when they signed reserve inside linebacker and special teams contributor Steven Johnson to a one-year contract.
Johnson (6-foot-1, 237 pounds) played for the Titans last year. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos in 2012.
Johnson, 27, will provide depth at inside linebacker, but he will be asked to contribute mostly on special teams. Johnson has 34 career special teams tackles and three fumble recoveries.
The Steelers lost free agent inside linebackers Sean Spence (Titans) and Terence Garvin (Redskins) last week. Both contributed significantly on special teams.
Johnson has started only seven games in his four-year NFL career, but he has played in 57 games, including all 16 last year with the Titans and in 2013 with the Broncos.
The Steelers have reached contract terms with three outside free agents since the NFL’s new league year began March 9: tight end Ladarius Green, tackle Ryan Harris and Johnson.
Hernandez’s home for sale
The home of former Patriots star tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is on the market.
The Boston Globe reported the 5,600-square-foot house in North Attleborough is for sale for $1.5 million. The home isn’t far from Gillette Stadium.
Video surveillance at the five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was key in his murder trial last year for the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
Hernandez is serving life without parole and is awaiting trial for a 2012 double murder in Boston. He has pleaded not guilty.
Rams’ Bailey still recovering
Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is making progress on his road to recovery four months after being shot twice in the head in a drive-by shooting.
Bailey’s desire is to return to the football field as soon as the 2016 season but his status with the team remains undetermined, coach Jeff Fisher said.
The 25-year-old Bailey, a West Virginia product, was shot twice in the head Nov. 24 in his hometown of Miami while serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Saints match Hill’s offer sheet
New Orleans retained restricted free agent tight end Josh Hill by matching the offer sheet Hill signed with the Bears earlier this week.
Hill played in 16 games last season and caught 16 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
The Saints also signed fifth-year linebacker Craig Robertson to a three-year contract. Robertson played in 12 games, including nine starts, for Cleveland last season and had 50 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
Bengals re-sign DT Thompson
The Bengals re-signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Brandon Thompson to a one-year contract.
Thompson, 26, is a fifth-year player who has contributed to Bengals playoff teams in each of his previous four seasons.
The 6-2, 305-pound Thompson was a third-round draft choice in 2012 out of Clemson.
Thompson has played in 39 games, recording 79 career regular-season tackles and three sacks.