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NFL Free Agents 2012: San Francisco 49ers, Josh Johnson Interested In Each Other

The San Francisco 49ers are looking for a quarterback now that it's not clear that Alex Smith will be back. With Peyton Manning not coming, there are a lot of Option Bs out there for them to consider.

Well, if Jim Harbaugh can't have Andrew Luck, why not grab another former pupil? Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News files this report.

Josh Johnson, a former pupil of coach Jim Harbaugh, wants the 49ers quarterback job if Alex Smith doesn’t.

Actually, Johnson wants to vie for it even if Smith re-signs.

"It’s a great organization and they were a great team last year, so most definitely I would," said Johnson, primarily a backup the past four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Johnson is one of those guys that you don't think much about. His time in the league has been checkered, completing only 54% of his passes and throwing ten picks to only five touchdowns. Still, you have to figure that if anyone will be able to coax the most out of Johnson, it's his old college coach (who pulled off similar wonders with Smith). Johnson was one of the most efficient passers in college history, and even sniffing that type of strength would provide San Francisco with a capable quarterback to place in their rotation.

To discuss Johnson with 49ers fans, check out Niners Nation. To talk about Johnson with Bucs fans, hit up Bucs Nation.