Another former Bengal is rejoining the team, and with that, the Bengals are no longer in the market for a veteran backup quarterback.
Cincinnati has agreed to a deal with Josh Johnson, an unrestricted free agent who was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2014. Johnson was previously with the Bengals in 2013, where he backed up Andy Dalton under offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
However, Johnson was let go the ensuing offseason once Gruden left for Washington. He later signed with the 49ers, where he was on the roster for 13 games last season, inactive for each. He played in two games (no offensive statistics) while spending the full 2013 season with the Bengals, active for every game as the backup to Dalton.
Johnson was a fifth-round pick out of San Diego by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. He was ironically drafted by Jon Gruden, the older brother of Bengals offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden. Johnson played four years in Tampa Bay, starting five games and playing in several others. He then signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2012 after both Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden suffered injuries.
In his career, Johnson has completed 96 of 177 passes for 1,042 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 57.7 career quarterback rating.