San Francisco 49ers

March 24, 2012 by staff 

San Francisco 49ers, The 49ers’ spirited quarterback competition is under way. Of all places, it began at a racquetball court. That’s where newcomer Josh Johnson encountered 49ers incumbents Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick, as well as coach Jim Harbaugh, whom Johnson excelled under at the University of San Diego from 2004-06.

“It was guys just getting to know each other and becoming teammates,” Johnson, an Oakland native, said Friday. “The team aspect is more important than anything. We all have to be comfortable with each other.

“Even though everybody wants to play, the team is more important.” After his racquetball initiation and a visit to the 49ers facility, Johnson signed a two-year deal worth up to $5 million, including a $350,000 signing bonus and a $50,000 roster bonus, a league source confirmed. His base salary is $700,000, and he could earn up to $1.5 million in incentives each of the next two seasons.

Johnson was 0-5 as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter, and he was mainly a backup his first four seasons there.

Even though Harbaugh told him Smith is entrenched as the 49ers starter, Johnson jumped at the chance to compete and to do so with similar offensive concepts to his record-setting days at USD.

“Coach has never shot me wrong before. I know it’s all about hard work with him and getting it done on the field,” Johnson said. “He showed me how to play the quarterback position with confidence and to be precise with

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