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49ers cut Josh Johnson, again

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The 54-man roster trick continues in San Francisco.

This entirely legitimate (with a caveat to be mentioned below) tactic consists of signing a player during the week for practice purposes, cutting him prior to game day for a player at a position of greater need, and then re-signing the player the following Tuesday.

The 49ers have cut quarterback Johnson, three days after re-signing him. Which came three days after the last time they cut him.

It becomes a violation of the rules if, and only if, the 49ers and Johnson have an understanding that he won’t exercise his privilege to sign with another team. Johnson could do so at any time, but he’s getting a game check for every week he’s practicing with the 49ers, even if he’s cut before game day.

After the October 28 trade deadline, the move won’t be quite as easy, since Johnson (a vested veteran) will be required to pass through waivers.

To fill the roster spot created by the decision to cut Johnson, the 49ers have re-signed safety Bubba Ventrone. Who was cut on Tuesday when Johnson was re-signed.