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ESPN reports 49ers sign quarterback Josh Johnson to fill backup role in San Francisco

Dec 5, 2022, 8:09 AM
Josh Johnson #9 of the New York Jets carries the ball for a successful two-point conversion attempt...
HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 28: Josh Johnson #9 of the New York Jets carries the ball for a successful two-point conversion attempt in the second quarter of the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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A familiar face is returning to the San Francisco 49ers.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, San Francisco is signing backup quarterback Josh Johnson. This move comes on the heels of Jimmy Garoppolo breaking his foot in Sunday’s win against the Miami Dolphins and ending his season.

A 13-year journeyman, Johnson has played for 14 different teams. The Oakland native first signed with the team in March 2012 but was cut in August. He again signed with the 49ers in May 2014 and was repeatedly cut and signed throughout the season. The last time the team kicked the tires on Johnson was in 2020.

Josh Johnson has only started nine games in his career, playing in 37 total.

Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy became very relevant Sunday when Garoppolo went down with an injury. The 262nd pick in this year’s NFL Draft ended his first professional game with 210 yards on 25-37 passing attempts, two touchdowns and one interception.

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