Birds Re-Sign OT
Fred Johnson Back On 2-Year Deal
Less than 24 hours after releasing Fred Johnson, the Eagles have re-signed him and given him a better deal.
The team announced Thursday that Johnson, who spent his first three seasons with the Bengals, re-signed two a two-year deal.
Johnson, who joined the Eagles’ practice squad last November and signed a futures deal, had recently been working on the second team at left tackle, backing up Jordan Mailata, which made his release Wednesday somewhat surprising.
Turns out, the transaction was purely procedural – explained on the latest Inside The Birds podcast – as the team and Johnson worked out a two-year deal that assures the 26-year-old lineman will be on the team’s 53-man roster in 2023.
Johnson’s ascent to second-team left tackle came as the Eagles looked to replace Andre Dillard, a 2019 first-round pick who had been the team’s reserve left tackle the past two seasons. Inside The Birds reported on Monday that Johnson’s performance this summer had locked him into a spot on the 53.
Other candidates were rookie, third-round pick Tyler Steen – who’s been inconsistent in camp and has also worked at backup right guard – and veteran Brett Toth, who hasn’t really played left tackle.
The 6-foot-7, 326-pound Johnson product played 28 games for the Bengals from 2019-2021 and last year played five games for the Buccaneers. He has eight career starts since going undrafted out of Florida and signing with the Steelers as a rookie free agent.
In 2020, Johnson started six games for the Bengals at a variety of spots, with three starts at left tackle, two at right guard, and one at right tackle. That year, he played 46% of the offense.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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