Raiders head coach Jon Gruden had a hand in drafting Josh Johnson a decade ago. The agile quarterback and Oakland native was a Tampa Bay’s fifth-round pick in 2008, Gruden’s last year as Buccaneers coach.
The pair will reunite in Johnson’s hometown. The well-traveled quarterback signed with the Raiders on Monday, the team announced.
Johnson will compete with Connor Cook to backup starter Derek Carr, and brings a veteran’s influence to the position group. Strong-armed former first-round pick EJ Manuel, who started one game last season as Carr's primary backup, remains a free agent after a year with the Raiders.
This move should make Marshawn Lynch happy. He and Johnson are extremely close and together run the Family First Foundation, a charitable organization that does significant work for East Bay kids. Johnson and Lynch also played football together at Oakland Tech High.
Johnson has played 10 NFL teams prior to this Raiders stop, but hasn’t played in a regular-season game for some time.
Josh Johnson signed a two-year deal with the New York Giants, his agent announced on Friday morning.
Johnson played for Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego, and the two reunited with the 49ers in 2012 and 2014.
The 30-year old quarterback never appeared in a regular season game for San Francisco.
He entered the NFL as a fifth round pick of the Buccaneers in 2008.
Johnson was active for two games with the Giants last season, as the backup to Eli Manning.
Over his career, Johnson has seen regular season action in 29 games and is 0-5 as a starter.
SAN FRANCISCO — Before the expensive shopping begins, the Giants added an intriguing but injury-prone right-hander. Josh Johnson, a former Marlins star, signed a minor league deal with the Giants, CSN Bay Area has confirmed.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2013 because of arm injuries. He had Tommy John surgery for a third time late in the 2015 season.
While the track record of recovering from a third reconstructive procedure is poor, Johnson has generally been an above-average starter when healthy. He finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 2006 and fifth in the Cy Young voting in 2010, when he posted a 2.30 ERA for the Marlins. Johnson is a two-time All-Star, although he’ll enter spring training four years removed from his last moment on a big league mound.
Johnson posted a 6.20 ERA for the Blue Jays in 2013 and signed with the Padres that winter. The second Tommy John procedure cost him the 2014 season. Overall, he has a 3.40 ERA in 170 appearances.
The Giants are set in their rotation, but they have always put a priority on adding veteran depth in the offseason. Albert Suarez was a valuable addition last winter, eventually filling in as a starter and long reliever. Conor Gillaspie signed a minor league deal in February and ended up playing the part of postseason hero.