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49ers, Redskins have contacted free agent Josh Johnson

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TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 04: Quarterback Josh Johnson #11 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks for an open receiver against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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In a Tuesday phone interview with Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, free agent quarterback Josh Johnson revealed that he has received interest from the 49ers and Redskins since the signing period began last Tuesday.

Johnson anticipates making a free agent visit to the Niners’ facilities as soon as this week, and one with the Redskins may also be in the offing.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Johnson’s college coach at the University of San Diego, and Johnson would welcome a reunion.

“It’s a great organization and they were a great team last year, so most definitely I would,” said Johnson, 25. "... The 49ers, they came within a quarter of the Super Bowl.”

Johnson is one of the better quarterback prospects left on the market, and he ranked No. 1 on our top-ten list of intriguing free-agent fliers. With a skill set similar to Robert Griffin III, Johnson could potentially be an upgrade on Rex Grossman as the Redskins’ backup. Johnson’s familiarity with Harbaugh also makes San Francisco a logical fit.