Talk about a busy day! The 49ers just announced they signed free agent quarterback Josh Johnson to a two-year deal. The 49ers just signed Alex Smith to a three-year deal that provides out opportunities and now the team has added a young veteran to the mix. I honestly do not know what this means for the long-term depth chart.
How do you see Johnson playing out in this quarterback battle? Is it strictly a battle between Johnson and Colin Kaepernick, or is there a legitimate chance for Johnson to challenge Alex Smith? My guess is the former, but this is a reasonable showing of creating competition at the quarterback position.
Head after the jump to check out the press release. The conference call is tomorrow at noon pacific and I'll tweet about that from @ninersnation.
The San Francisco 49ers today announced that they have signed QB Josh Johnson to a two-year deal through the 2013 season.
"Josh is a promising young player that has experience in our offensive system," said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke. "He is a skilled athlete with good arm talent. Josh has shown promise in limited action, both as a back-up and starter at the NFL level. We are pleased to add him to our team."
Johnson (6-3, 205) was originally drafted in the fifth round (160th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson has appeared in 26 games (5 starts) completing 96 of 177 attempts for 1,042 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has recorded 37 rushes for 237 yards (6.9 average). In his five career starts, Johnson completed 75 of 142 attempts for 828 yards and 5 touchdowns.
A 25-year-old native of Oakland, CA, Johnson starred collegiately at the University of San Diego under then head coach Jim Harbaugh. Johnson owns four USD career passing records including touchdown passes (113), completions (724), attempts (1,065) and passing yards (9,699). Additionally, Johnson rushed for 1,864 and 19 touchdowns, finishing his career with 11,563 yards of total offense.