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Bengals bring back speedy quarterback Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Josh Johnson (1) runs against the San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Josh Johnson, a quarterback whose athletic talent is great but whose NFL career has been limited by his lack of passing ability, has returned to one of his old NFL homes.

The Bengals announced today that they’ve signed Johnson to a free agent contract. Johnson previously spend the 2013 season as Andy Dalton’s backup in Cincinnati and will now compete with A.J. McCarron for the right to back Dalton up again.

Johnson was a fifth-round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 2008 and spent three years in Tampa Bay. He then signed with the 49ers in 2012, reuniting with his college coach at San Diego, Jim Harbaugh. That was the first of two stints with the 49ers, and Johnson has also spent time with the Browns.

Johnson has started five games in his NFL career, completing 54.2 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also has a 6.2-yard average as a runner.