New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison (95) and New Orleans Saints defensive end George Johnson (90) tackle Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) during the second half of an NFL Wild Card Playoff game in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. The Saints won 31-26.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

The New Orleans Saints found a valuable commodity when they plucked veteran defensive end George Johnson off the street in December to fill the hole left by Trey Hendrickson's injury.

Johnson, a 30-year-old who had bounced around the NFL, made 2.5 sacks in the Saints' final three games, played 193 snaps in the final five games and gave New Orleans depth on the outside.

New Orleans is reportedly bringing Johnson back for the 2018 season on a one-year extension, according to a report by ESPN's Field Yates.

With Johnson back in the fold, the Saints have some options at the defensive end spot opposite Cameron Jordan already with Hendrickson, Johnson and Hau'oli Kikaha.

There will likely be more moves at the position. New Orleans would like to bring back Alex Okafor — who is also a free agent — and both Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis said last week in Indianapolis that the team views pass rush as a need in April's NFL draft. 

No matter who the Saints bring in, though, Johnson is capable of rushing from both the inside and the outside, and now he'll get a chance to keep his momentum from his five-game cameo rolling. 

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