The Raiders released veteran quarterback and Oakland native Josh Johnson, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.
Johnson wasn’t on the roster long. He signed with the Raiders in March and was let go a few weeks into the offseason program’s on-field work.
The veteran quarterback signed with his hometown club before 2017‘s primary back up, EJ Manuel, was re-signed. Manuel’s addition made Johnson the fourth quarterback, creating a slim likelihood if making the 53-man regular-season roster.
Johnson is extremely close with running back Marshawn Lynch. The pair run the Family First Foundation with LA Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, which does charitable work throughout Oakland and the East Bay.
The release of Johnson creates an opening on the 90-man offseason roster, which should be filled posthaste.
In 10 seasons, Johnson has played 29 games, with stints for several teams across the NFL.
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.