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Roster Recap: Free agency is rolling

Posted Mar 14, 2017

An updated look at the offseason roster moves.

Free agency kicked off last week, and the Steelers got things rolling by signing two of their own.

Landry Jones and David Johnson were both signed to two-year contracts shortly after the clock struck 4 to signify the start of free agency.
 
“It was really just wanting to be back here,” said Jones. “It wasn’t a tough decision. This place is familiar to me and I am thankful I have an opportunity again to have a job and have a spot to come back to.

“It was the best decision for me and (my wife) Whitney and our family. If all things were equal, I wasn’t going to go anywhere. That was where my mindset was.

“I think it is the way people treat you around here. It is a business, but at the same time the Rooneys treat you great, all of our coaches treat you great. It’s just a great place to be.”

Johnson shared the same sentiment.

“I always considered myself a Steeler,” said Johnson. “I never wanted to leave. I hope I can finish my career here.

“It’s a special place. It’s always been like home to me, being with the coaches, the guys, the organization. It’s a great place to be. The only place I want to play.”

The team also released running back Karlos Williams, who spent time on the practice squad last year and was signed in January.

The Steelers said goodbye to two of their unrestricted free agents when Lawrence Timmons signed with the Miami Dolphins and Markus Wheaton signed with the Chicago Bears.

Here is a rundown of everyone who was signed after the season ended: 

Running back Le'Veon Bell - Placed franchise tag on him.

Linebacker Akil Blount – Blount, the son of Steelers’ Hall of Famer Mel Blount, signed with the Miami Dolphins as a undrafted rookie free agent in 2016 but didn’t play last season.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown - Signed a new five-year contract.  

Running back Brandon Brown-Dukes - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Long snapper Kameron Canaday – Spent time on the Arizona Cardinals roster in 2016.

Cornerback Brandon Dixon - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Linebacker Greg Ducre - Spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins on practice squad and active roster in 2014 and 2015. Also spent time with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League.

Linebacker Jason Fanaika – Fanaika signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016. He spent time on the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins practice squads.

Offensive lineman Kyle Friend – Friend spent time on the New York Jets practice squad in 2016.

Offensive lineman Matt Feiler - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Safety Jacob Hagen - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Tackle Ryan Harris - Retired.

Linebacker James Harrison - Signed to a two-year contract.

Cornerback Mike Hilton - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Defensive lineman Lavon Hook - Was with the Steelers during the 2016 offseason.

Punter A.J. Hughes – Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 2016, but didn’t make the final roster.

Linebacker Farrington Huguenin - Signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2016, but was waived/injured before the start of the season.

Tight end David Johnson – Signed to a two-year contract after the start of free agency.

Cornerback Devonte Johnson – Johnson, who played at Weber State, signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016, but was released before the start of the season.

Running back Gus Johnson - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Linebacker Steven Johnson - Signed a one-year contract to avoid becoming a free agent.

Quarterback Landry Jones - Signed to a two-year contract after the start of free agency.

Offensive lineman Mike Matthews – Matthews, who is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016.  

Offensive lineman Keavon Milton - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Defensive lineman Roy Philon - Was with the Steelers during the 2016 offseason.

Running back Dreamius Smith - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Wide receiver Dez Stewart - Was on the Green Bay Packers practice squad in 2016.

Wide receiver Marcus Tucker - Was on the Steelers practice squad in 2016.

Long snapper Greg Warren - Signed a one-year deal to avoid becoming a free agent.
 
Running back Trey Williams – Williams came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2015. Williams, who played at Texas A&M, also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts.