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Jim Harbaugh, Josh Johnson reunite, again

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Two years ago, Colin Kaepernick and Josh Johnson were battling for the privilege of backing up starting quarterback Alex Smith in San Francisco.

It didn’t seem all that outlandish at the time because:  (1) Kaepernick remained unproven; and (2) Johnson had played for coach Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego.  Kaepernick won the competition; Johnson ended up at No. 4 — and out of a job.

With Kaepernick now the unquestioned starter, Johnson is back.  The team signed him today, two days after he was released by the Bengals.

To create a roster spot for Johnson, the 49ers cut defensive tackle Christian Tupou, who was signed in January.

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18 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh, Josh Johnson reunite, again”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 14, 2014 7:41 PM

    Christian Tupou had the height you like, and a better arm, but Josh is more mobile.

  2. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 14, 2014 7:49 PM

    awesome. ilike this move. josh threw 3 tds in his last preseason game as a niner before being cut. and he’s very mobile. good work jim.

  3. spittabeatz says: May 14, 2014 7:51 PM

    What?!? ^^^^

  4. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: May 14, 2014 8:02 PM

    Sam’s Circus in St.L;
    Superbowl hangover in SEA;

    2014 NFCW is between ARI and SF.

  5. oakmeals85 says: May 14, 2014 8:22 PM

    I’m a Raider fan only but I like Josh Johnson. He has the same if not some better athletic ability to be a starter for the 9ers. This could be a good battle the 2nd time around fellas. Good luck reguardless

  6. billbrasky72 says: May 14, 2014 8:29 PM

    Reunited and it feels so good
    Reunited ’cause we understood
    There’s one perfect fit
    And, sugar, this one is it
    We both are so excited
    ‘Cause we’re reunited, hey, hey

  7. jkampel20 says: May 14, 2014 8:33 PM

    If kaep gets hurt, don’t count on Johnson to do much. Guy has major accuracy problems.

    This from a Bengals fan.

  8. qdog112 says: May 14, 2014 8:54 PM

    Cincy made a huge mistake in letting Johnson go. He is a very talented QB. Harbaugh knows him well.

    I can’t understand Hue Jackson with the struggles of Dalton. Johnson can get the ball down field to Green, plus he’s mobile.

    McCarron is no threat to challenge Andy. He thinks he better than he is.

  9. udkidd says: May 14, 2014 9:04 PM

    I’d rather have tyrell pryor.

  10. chinahand11 says: May 14, 2014 9:07 PM

    Johnson is good, and a good guy. I’m glad he got out of Cincy.

  11. killitandeatit says: May 14, 2014 9:18 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is a relentless jack hammer. Another day another personnel move.

  12. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 14, 2014 9:54 PM

    Camp arm. Nothing more, nothing less

  13. jmcneely1982 says: May 14, 2014 10:52 PM

    Johnson was never going to see the field in Cincinnati. And this is coming from a Bengals fan too. As soon as Jason Campbell signed on the dotted line, Johnson’s days were numbered. The drafting of McCarron just made it offical. Josh Johnson will never amount to anything in the NFL as a starting quarterback.

  14. uplate5301 says: May 14, 2014 11:48 PM

    I never understood why Johnson was cut in deference to Tolzien. Pre-season, Johnson had a 115 passer, rating, 15 for 25 with a couple of touchdowns, several third down conversions, and zero interceptions. He just looked solid. Tolzien, on the other hand, had about a 41 rating and threw interceptions like he thought that was what he was supposed to do.

  15. 49erstim says: May 15, 2014 3:55 AM

    Welcome back. welcome back.. welcome back!!!!

    Good to have Josh Johnson back on the roster. We need a competent back-up and I need to see a wee bit more from “The Great Gabbert”before I, personally, have trust in him…..because he has the height we like and the arm strength and blah blah blah…. :-D

  16. juliusanonymous says: May 15, 2014 5:44 AM

    Kaepernick won the competition, but the 49ers ended up on the losing end of that deal.

    Frankly, after Kaepernick’s horrendous postseason play, I’d throw this kid Johnson in there and see if he can turn into an actual NFL QB. ‘Cuz Kaepernick will never be that.

  17. forever9ers says: May 15, 2014 6:00 AM

    Josh Johnson’s familiarity with Harbaugh’s system gives the Niners the kind of comfort level they used to have with Shaun Hill.

  18. fordmandalay says: May 15, 2014 8:56 AM

    Dream Team!

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