The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that they’ve officially released LB L.J. Fort and re-signed LB Steven Johnson.
- Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle first reported that the Steelers were releasing Fort on Monday.
Fort, 26, originally signed on with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Iowa back in 2012. He last just over a year in Cleveland before he was among their final roster cuts.
Fort had brief stints with the Seahawks, Bengals, and Patriots before he was claimed off of waivers by the Steelers during the 2015 preseason. Fort was on and off of their active roster ever since.
This season, Fort has appeared in one game and recorded two tackles and no sacks for the Steelers.
Johnson, 29, wound up signing on with the Broncos back in 2012. He spent three years in Denver before he was among their final roster cuts at the start of the 2015 season.
The Titans elected to claim him off of waivers and he finished out the year in Tennessee. Johnson later signed with the Steelers back in March of last year, but his 2016 season ended with him being placed on season-ending injured reserve in November.
Pittsburgh brought Johnson back on a one-year, $855,000 contract this past February before cutting him loose last week.
In 2016, Johnson appeared in six games and recorded six tackles and a forced fumble for the Steelers.