DENVER (CBS4) – Linebacker Steven Johnson is returning to the Broncos for another season.

Johnson signed a new one-year contract, the Broncos announced on Tuesday.

Steven Johnson

Quarterback Josh Johnson #1 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball against Steven Johnson #53 of the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Levi’s Stadium on August 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Steven Johnson was set to become a free agent Tuesday afternoon.

The Broncos didn’t tender Johnson as a restricted free agent, a move that would have cost them $1,542,000.

Johnson has been a top special teams player for Denver, which signed him after he went undrafted out of Kansas in 2012. He started seven of the Broncos’ final eight games at middle linebacker last year after Nate Irving’s season-ending knee injury.

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