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Redskins sign Josh Johnson as backup QB to Mark Sanchez

Down to Mark Sanchez on their quarterback depth chart, the Redskins signed veteran Josh Johnson on Tuesday to serve as the backup QB the remainder of the season. 

Johnson hasn’t seen much regular-season action since his first three seasons with the Buccaneers, but when he dons the burgundy and gold, it will be the 12th NFL uniform Johnson has worn during his career. 

The former San Diego (FCS) quarterback was drafted by the Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, starting five games for the Bucs from 2009 to 2011. Johnson has bounced around the league to a team in every division except the NFC North, even spending some time with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the short-lived United Football League. 

His NFL stops after Tampa Bay include, in chronological order: 49ers, Browns, Bengals, back to the 49ers, back to the Bengals, Jets, Colts, Bills, Ravens, Giants, Texans, Raiders and now, finally, Redskins. In that time, Johnson only saw regular season action with the Browns in 2012 and his first stint in Cincinnati in 2013. 

You may think Johnson has the record locked up for D.C. athlete with the most franchises played for, but you’d be wrong: MLB pitcher Edwin Jackson, who played for the Nationals in 2012 and again in 2017, has worn the uniform of 13 different ballclubs during his 16-year career. 

Despite his lack of NFL snaps, Johnson will have to be ready to take the field for the Redskins if Sanchez goes down with an injury, just as Sanchez did Monday night after Colt McCoy broke his fibula.

To conclude, here’s a fun tidbit on Johnson’s last NFL start, courtesy of the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg:


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