QB Josh Johnson

March 23, 2012 by staff 

QB Josh Johnson, The San Francisco 49ers signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback Josh Johnson to a two-year contract late Thursday night.

Johnson, a fifth-round draft pick by the Bucs in 2008, is reunited with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was Johnson’s college coach at the University of San Diego.

“Josh is a promising young player that has experience in our offensive system,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement released by the team. “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 appeared in 26 games for the Bucs, starting five. He was winless as a starter and completed 96 of 177 passes for 1,042 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran the ball 37 times for 237 yards.

A native of Oakland, Calif., Johnson set four USD passing records under Harbaugh with 9,699 passing yards, 113 touchdown passes, 724 completions and 1,065 attempts. He also rushed for 1,864 and 19 touchdowns and had 11,563 yards of total offense.

Johnson led the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) in passing efficiency his last two years at USD and threw for 43 touchdowns with only one interception as a senior.

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