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Steelers add former Bengal Brandon Johnson

Perhaps the best sign that the Bengals have become contenders is that the Steelers are signing their players. Linebacker Brandon Johnson, a special-teamer who appeared in every game during his four years with the Bengals, has jumped to the other side of the Ohio River rivalry.  The Steelers announced the move on Wednesday morning. Before…

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Steelers Visiting with LB Brandon Johnson and Kicker Dave Rayner


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The Steelers are talking to a couple free agents today, as the team is chatting with former former Bengals LB Brandon Johnson and veteran NFL kicker Dave Rayner.

Johnson played all three linebacker spots with 10 starts and been a special teams captain in his four years with the Bengals. The Steelers need linebackers, and adding Johnson would both help the Steelers and hurt the Bengals at the same time.

Johnson joined the Bengals in 2008, playing every regular season and post season game since, the longest active streak. Along with generating over 80 tackles during his first season with the team, Johnson generated 3.5 quarterback sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble and 14 passes defensed throughout his Bengals career.

As for Rayner, he would challenge current Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham. Rayner has played with eight teams in as many years where he has racked up 65 field goals on 90 attempts and has made 77 of 78 extra points.

Rayner was with the Buffalo Bills last season.

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Rookie Free Agent Brandon Lindsey Looks to Catch On with Steelers

From: AP

Brandon Lindsey spent last weekend gathered in a room with his family waiting for the phone to ring.

The former Pitt linebacker didn’t expect to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL draft, or the second.

Then the third round passed. Then the fourth. Then the fifth.

At that point, Lindsey grabbed the remote and turned the TV off.

“I didn’t want to hear it anymore,” Lindsey said.

Instead he turned his attention to figuring out where he wanted to sign as a rookie free agent. The answer was stunningly obvious.

Lindsey spent five years in the same building as the Steelers, practicing on the same expanse along the Monongahela River. He often wondered what it would be like to walk through the door on the left — which leads to the Steelers headquarters — instead of the one on the right that leads to Pitt’s football offices.

The reality is even better than he imagined.

“I’d been over here before but it’s nothing like when you’re a part of the organization,” he said. “Now you know you’re a part of their team and it’s a great feeling.”

One that is in stark contrast to the roller coaster Lindsey rode during his final year with the Panthers, who went through four head coaches — and a couple of interim ones — in the span of 14 months.

Lindsey was a second-team All-Big East selection at defensive end under Dave Wannstedt in 2010, only to see the coach who recruited him let go, leading to a series of missteps that culminated in Todd Graham bolting Pitt after just one season for Arizona State.

All that tumult hurt the Panthers on the field, and perhaps the professional prospects of the seniors. The draft came and went without a Pitt player being selected, the first time that’s happened since 1999.

“I think it hurt us just not having the sense of home,” Lindsey said. “We didn’t feel like we had a place we belonged. You go from one system to the next to another one. It’s hard for any 21, 22-year-old to get used to losing your coach two years in a row.”

Lindsey did his best to pitch in during Graham’s brief tenure, moving from end to “Panther” linebacker, a hybrid position that gave him the freedom to either stand up or get down in a stance on a given play.

All that shuffling around, however, came with great responsibility. Perhaps too much. Lindsey’s sack total dipped a bit to 8 1/2, though his presence freed up things for the guys in front of him. Defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Chas Alexcih combined for 17 1/2 sacks while linemen keyed on Lindsey.

Though Lindsey believes switching positions “hurt my production” it also gave him perspective.

“I tried to make the best out of a bad situation,” he said.

The constant moving made it difficult for NFL teams to project Lindsey at the next level. Does he pack on 30 pounds on his 6-foot-2, 250-pound frame to play end or drop a little weight to play outside linebacker?

The Steelers will have Lindsey stand up and try to find a spot behind veterans James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Draft Visitor Profile – G Brandon Brooks – Miami (Ohio)

We are gearing up for the 2012 NFL draft now and will be profiling players the Pittsburgh Steelers have in for pre draft visits along with a few others along the well that match what the Steelers will likely have on their draft board. Up first is guard Brandon Brooks from Miami (Ohio) University.

Despite a nice senior season, Brooks did not receive an invite to the NFL scouting combine in late February and was the biggest snub of the offensive linemen draft hopefuls not in Indianapolis. During his career at Miami of Ohio he played both guard spots and some left tackle well. His thick build dictates Read more [...]

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Steelers Host Two Free Agents & Draft Prospect Brandon Brooks

Scott Brown is reporting today that the Steelers have brought in free agent tackle Demetrius Bell and former Stanford long snapper Zachary Nolan for visits today. In addition, the Steelers are hosting Miami (Ohio) guard Brandon Brooks down at the Southside facilities for a pre draft visit

Bell was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 7tgh round of the 2008 NFL draft out of Northwestern State. While with the Bills Bell played left tackle and was coached in 2009 by current Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler. He started just 6 games for the Bills in 2011.

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Bubble Bursting: Steelers Will Not Be Interested In Brandon Jacobs

I feel like today is a good day to put out free agent fire before it gets started, just like I did at this same time last year with Tiki Barber. This year it is another former New York Giants running back that will have at least half of Steeler Nation frothing at the mouth after he was released today by the Super Bowl champions. Jacobs will turn 30 years of age in July and his best years are far behind him. Not only is that an issue with Pittsburgh being a possible landing spot for him, but he has character issues as well. He is not regarded as a team player and loses his cool way too much for Read more [...]

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