The Redskins may not have Alex Smith back for much if not all of the 2019 season but they will have Colt McCoy and are trying to re-sign journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.
McCoy is still under contract for 2019 at the reasonable salary of $3.5 million but Johnson is the more interesting of the two. Signed off the street in early December, Johnson was thrown into action for the Redskins in Week 14 with less than a week’s worth of practice after Mark Sanchez completely face-planted. The 32-year-old went 1-2 as a starter and completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 590 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions last season.
Before anyone gets too excited about Johnson, it should be noted that he has appeared in only 33 games with eight starts since entering the NFL in 2009 and had not started a game since 2013. And he struggled mightily for the Redskins the final two games.
Johnson originally was slated to play in the Alliance of American Football this season after the San Diego Fleet made him the first pick. But the AAF released Johnson from his contract to return to the NFL. While it sounds like he will find an NFL home in 2019 and will likely be paid better than the AAF, it seems doubtful he will see another regular season start in the NFL anytime soon.