49ers add depth behind Smith, sign QB Johnson

Posted March 22, 2012 @ 10:59 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Days after reaching a contract extension with QB Alex Smith, the 49ers signed a backup signalcaller. On Thursday, the team announced it had reached a two-year deal with Josh Johnson.

Johnson spent the first four years of his career with the Buccaneers, starting five games during that time span. For his career, he's completed 54.2 percent of his passes, with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 

Johnson played his college ball at the University of San Diego and for three seasons was coached by Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh now is, of course, the 49ers' head coach.

“Josh is a promising young player that has experience in our offensive system,” 49ers GM Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He is a skilled athlete with good arm talent. Josh has shown promise in limited action, both as a backup and starter at the NFL level. We are pleased to add him to our team.”

Besides Smith and Johnson at quarterback, the 49ers have second-year man Colin Kaepernick, whom the Niners selected in the second round of last April's draft.