Raiders cut Marshawn Lynch’s cousin, QB Josh Johnson
The Oakland Raiders have had a change of heart on Josh Johnson. After signing the veteran quarterback earlier this offseason, they’ve now decided to release him, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
The Raiders have cut veteran QB Josh Johnson, per league source.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 10, 2018
Johnson was slated to earn just over $1 million in 2018 after signing a free-agent deal with Oakland. The Raiders don’t incur any dead money on their cap by cutting him.
The 31-year-old journeyman QB spent last season with the Houston Texans. He’s also spent time with the Giants, Ravens, Bills, Colts, Jets, Bengals, 49ers, Browns, and Buccaneers over the span of his 10-year career. He played for Raiders coach Jon Gruden during his latter stages with the Bucs and is also the cousin of Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.
Johnson hasn’t thrown an actual pass in the league since 2011, which was his last season in Tampa Bay. For his career, he’s appeared in 29 games (five starts), going 96-of-177 for 1,042 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
As things stand after Johnson’s release, the Raiders still have three quarterbacks on their depth chart in Derek Carr, Connor Cook, and EJ Manuel. Carr will likely take a lion’s share of the snaps unless he gets hurt. Manuel, who was his backup last season, will likely continue with that role this upcoming season.
Chances are Johnson latches onto another team, as he’s been able to do for virtually his entire career. There’s just something about him that teams seem to value. But at this point in his career, he doesn’t figure to be anything more than an expendable backup quarterback.