December 17, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Johnson (11) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

QB Josh Johnson Signed By Bengals

Lost amid all the hullabaloo over drafting West Virginia QB Geno Smith was the fact that general manager Dave Caldwell is looking to bring in a quarterback or two from free agency or the draft to compete with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne this offseason.  A name that was tossed around a lot was young quarterback Josh Johnson.

Johnson is an athletic quarterback with a lot of upside.  And now he isn’t on the market.  I was hoping the Jaguars would make a play for Johnson at some point, but either the team wasn’t interested, waited too long, or Johnson just wanted to backup Andy Dalton with the Cincinnati Bengals.  This is a really good free agent pickup by the Bengals and I think they have added quality depth behind their red-headed franchise quarterback.  Johnson was an offseason member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 before sticking with the Cleveland Browns.  He was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for years before that.

The already slim free agent quarterback market keeps getting slimmer with the Jags continuing to focus on signings elsewhere.  Geno Smith continues to look more and more inviting the longer the Jaguars don’t bring someone in to compete.  Then again, the Jags could probably take a fifth round QB and get some good competition from him against Gabbert and Henne.

– Luke N. Sims

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