The San Francisco 49ers announced Saturday that they have released veteran QB Josh Johnson from their roster and replaced him with rookie TE Asante Cleveland.
Johnson, 28, signed a one-year contract with the 49ers back in May, but has been Blaine Gabbert on their depth chart for several months. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that he was released given that No. 3 quarterbacks are usually a prime candidate to be cut when a team is looking to add more depth at a different position.
Johnson appeared in two games last year while playing for the Bengals and received seven carries for 20 yards.
Cleveland, 22, is an undrafted free agent out of Miami. During his four-year college career, Cleveland caught 14 passes for 151 yards receiving and a touchdown.