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Jets sign Josh Johnson, waive Jake Heaps

The Jets have signed journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson

The New York Jets have signed journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson, the team announced on Thursday. In order to make room on the roster for Johnson, New York waived undrafted rookie quarterback Jake Heaps

Johnson, 29, was originally a fifth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. During his four years with the team, Johnson played sporadically, throwing 177 passes, completing 96, for 1,042 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He saw his most extensive action in 2009. In six games, Johnson completed 50.4 percent of his passes and threw for 685 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions. 

After Johnson's rookie contract expired, he bounced around the NFL. He spent 2012 with the Cleveland Browns, 2013 with the Cincinnati Bengals and last year with the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson hasn't attempted a pass in an NFL game since 2011, but rushed seven times for 20 yards with the Bengals in 2013. 

This year, Johnson spent the first three weeks of training camp with the Bengals before being released on Tuesday. In the team's preseason opener, Johnson completed 11-of-21 passes for 175 yards.

Johnson becomes the fourth quarterback on New York's roster, joining the injured Geno Smith, starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, veteran Matt Flynn and rookie Bryce Petty


Heaps originally signed with the Jets after impressing the coaches as a tryout player during rookie minicamp. He received primarily third- and fourth-team reps throughout training camp. In New York's 30-22 preseason victory over the Falcons last Friday, Heaps threw just one pass. It fell incomplete. 


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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