Former All Pro RB drops big hint on potentially joining Najee Harris-led Steelers ground attack
There was a time when David Johnson was one of the most terrifying — if not the most — running backs in the NFL. Those days are gone now, and Johnson is still on the hunt for a new team where he could use whatever juice is left in his legs.
Johnson recently revealed via Twitter post that he talked with the New Orleans Saints for a possible job, but the discussion ultimately didn’t bear any fruit in terms of his mission to get employed.
— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) June 17, 2022
Johnson also dropped sort of a hint about his level of interest in coming to the Steelers when he replied to a fan’s suggestion that he try to call Pittsburgh’s front office.
Here’s a screengrab of that interaction (h/t Steeler Nation):
Health issues have played a major role in Johnson not reaching the peak of his potential in the NFL. While he’s certainly not ready to walk away from playing football, he’s already past his prime. The 30-year-old tailback out of the Northern Iowa Panthers football program was taken by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft and broke out a year after when he posted 1,239 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 239 carries. He also had four touchdown receptions that season on his way to earning his First-Team All Pro selection.
Najee Harris has the No. 1 Steelers running back role safely in the bag, with Benny Snell likely as the top backup in the upcoming 2022 season. The Steelers, however, could use some depth behind those guys. Johnson might be that guy, but the Steelers must have other options in front of him on their list — if they are indeed looking to shore up the depth of their backfield.