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Josh Johnson Sounds Like He Wants to Be a 49er

Carl Steward of the Oakland Tribune has spoken with Buccaneers QB Josh Johnson, something Jim Harbaugh can’t do, and won’t be able to do to the extent he likely desires when the lockout’s over. Johnson mentions how he wishes he could say something about his desires – Bucs, 49ers or something else – but can’t. From there, he praises Jim Harbaugh. “Once I saw what he was doing at Stanford, I knew he’d be in the NFL soon. Just being around him for three years, knowing how competitive he is and understanding the things he was teaching in college, I felt like it was only a matter of time,” says Johnson.

Harbaugh coached Josh Johnson while at University of San Diego and – whether or not Alex Smith is his guy – would likely be interested in re-teaming with him. Despite how raw Johnson is, he is the back-up to Freeman so he should be important and command at least a 4th round pick. He was drafted in the 5th round and not by Domenik, making his value to the team a little harder to decipher. If there’s a guy out there in the 3rd round (and I’m certain local product Ponder will be a first round pick) they like more than Josh, a trade would certainly make sense unless an abbreviated off-season would keep the also-raw rookie from being able to execute the playbook the way Josh can.

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