The Pittsburgh Steelers may not have made any new additions to their 2019 roster for almost two weeks now, but it would appear they have trimmed their depth cornerback with the release of Trey Johnson on Monday. Done without any fanfare or even a mention on the team’s official website, the news that Johnson has been waived comes courtesy of a line entry on the NFL’s official transaction report.
Signed as one 13 undrafted free agents back in April, Johnson was an intriguing prospect blessed with great speed. Highlighted by his 4.33 40-time at his Pro Day that clearly caught the Steelers eye.
Villanova DB Trey Johnson (5-11, 187) had strong pro day today— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 24, 2018
Met afterward with Giants, Jags, Eagles, Packers, Steelers, raiders, Bears. Under radar but should end up on a90-man roster
Unfortunately for the former Villanova product, he would injure his shoulder during training camp and was waived from the roster near the end of July to make room for the signing of wide receiver Eli Rogers. Reverting back to the Steelers’ injured reserve list when he went unclaimed, Johnson would remain with the team all season rather than being released outright with an injury settlement.
Now recovered from his injury, he will be looking for a new team to pursue his NFL dream with in 2019, while Pittsburgh will be left with $5,000 in dead money to account for as a consequence of the $7,500 signing bonus given to Johnson as part of his rookie contract.