New Orleans Saints re-sign fullback Austin Johnson


The New Orleans Saints inked a new deal with fullback Austin Johnson on Wednesday, according to the NFL transactions wire.

Austin Johnson was an exclusive rights free agent since he is a player with two or less years in the league, as described by  He was added back to the New Orleans Saints‘ roster late in the season to replace the injured Mark Ingram.  As an exclusive rights free agent, Johnson’s deal is for only one year.

Undrafted out of Tennessee in 2012, Johnson spent his first season on the Baltimore Ravens‘ practice squad before taking his talents to New Orleans in 2013.  He made his debut last September against the Atlanta Falcons before suffering a Week 8 knee injury and being placed on injured reserve.

The clear favorite to make the team at training camp in 2015, Johnson didn’t see any playing time after Week 6.  The New Orleans Saints released him in early November but added him back to the practice squad once he cleared waivers.  He was signed to the active roster on December 9 to replace Ingram.