Is Josh Johnson Sending A Message?April 10th, 2011
Johnson was and is tight with his former college coach Jim Harbaugh, the new head coach of the quarterback-starved 49ers.
Now Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer for the St. Pete Times, has tracked down Johnson. And he found the young quarterback longing for a starting job and saying he’s “all for” making a move to the 49ers.
“I hear it all the time,” Johnson said. “But a lot more goes into this than what you think. I understand that. It’s why I try to stay in the middle. If I can’t control the situation, I don’t make any predictions on it.
“If something happens, I’m all for it. But at the same time, I enjoy playing for Raheem (Morris) and the Bucs. It’s hard for any competitor to not be able to get out there, especially for me because I’ve gotten a taste of being a starter.”
Joe can attest that Johnson is a sharp guy — and one who surely knows his best chance to reunite with Harbaugh and get a clean shot at the San Francisco starting job is this offseason.
Joe suspects Johnson knows exactly what he’s doing when he tells the local newspapers in two cities that he’d be just fine with a trade.
Is Johnson trying to guide the hand of Mark Dominik? Maybe Johnson didn’t like Greg Olson’s odd remark about him last year?
With the annoying NFL lockout in place, the Bucs can’t trade Johnson if they wanted to — no deals until the lockout is lifted. But Joe wouldn’t hesitate to move Johnson when/if the opportunity arises.
Might as well get something for him, and the 49ers just might overpay.