Report: Giants Sign Former Titans DL Austin Johnson

Spent Past Four Seasons In Tennessee

Alec Gearty
March 26, 2020 - 4:26 pm

The New York Giants have reached an agreement with free-agent defensive lineman Austin Johnson, according to The Athletic's Dan Duggan.

Johnson will sign with the Giants after he spent the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans. The 26-year-old, selected in the second round of the 2016 Draft, appeared in 16 games last season, making just one start.

In 2019, Johnson primarily served as the backup nose tackle to starter DaQuon Jones, according to the Titans' depth chart. Johnson tallied a season-high four tackles against the Panthers in Week 9. He became an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when his four-year deal expired in March. 

While there's currently no indiction as to how much Johnson's contract is worth, he earned $1.22 million last season. Duggan reported that Johnson's signing would reunite the former Penn State standout with his coach Sean Spencer, the Giants' newly appointed defensive line coach.