The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today safety Isaiah Johnson and offensive lineman Mike Liedtke have signed their exclusive rights contracts.
Johnson (6-0, 209) played in 15 games for Tampa Bay last season, with four starts, totaling 45 tackles and one interception on defense, while adding three tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams. Johnson originally entered the league as a college free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft, signing with the Buccaneers and spending the 2016 season on the team’s practice squad. He saw his first NFL action in 2017, appearing in three games, recording five special teams tackles and recovering a fumble on special teams that he returned for a touchdown. A native of Cary, North Carolina, Johnson played collegiately at South Carolina.
Liedtke (6-3, 305) played in nine games last season, serving as a backup offensive lineman and seeing time on special teams. He originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Miami Dolphins following the 2015 NFL Draft and spent time with Miami, the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets before being signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad in 2016. He made his NFL debut in 2017, appearing in one game with the Buccaneers. A native of Woodstock, Illinois, Liedtke played collegiately at Illinois State.