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08:06 AM ET 04.08 | With the 49ers looking for a quarterback, Jim Harbaugh could be digging into his past for a candidate. Josh Johnson has heard the scuttlebutt, so he chooses his words carefully when talking about a possible reunion with [Harbaugh], his former coach at the University of San Diego.Johnson has been mentioned in rumor mills as a possible acquisition target of the 49ers and their new coach. A former Oakland Tech High quarterback, Johnson forged an NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers largely as a result of Harbaugh's tutelage at USD. "I don't know what's going on with that situation, but we're locked out anyway," Johnson said. "So I'm still part of the Buccaneers, as far as I know. I wish I could speak on it, but I can't."

San Jose Mercury News

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April 8, 2011  08:10 AM ET

This guy is smoochin' with everyone.

April 8, 2011  08:19 AM ET

I thought Alex was his man. Way to put confidence in your team.

April 8, 2011  08:19 AM ET

The dude looks like Mr. ED!

April 8, 2011  08:32 AM ET

When guys have eyes for each other in San Francisco, don't they ride the cable cars together and go home for Rice-a-Roni?

April 8, 2011  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

When guys have eyes for each other in San Francisco, don't they ride the cable cars together and go home for Rice-a-Roni?

well if that's your idea of a San Francisco treat...

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April 8, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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It seems like Harbaugh has a wandering eye when it comes to QB's. Isnt there anyone out there that will make him happy?

Nobody that's going to be available. There are too many teams looking for quarterbacks right now, and very few on the market.

And even if you could find a good one, would the Yorks spring for the price? Nah. Harbaugh's best hope is to find a diamond in the rough and polish him up. Good luck. Save this smiling picture, Jim, because you may not have much reason to smile for a long time.

April 8, 2011  08:55 AM ET

Harbaugh wants his Johnson back?

April 8, 2011  09:00 AM ET
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This is kind of a faggoty headline.

Is that a rotweiller doberman mix?

April 8, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Johnson hasn't forged much of a career so far. He gets about 2-4 pass attempts per game as a back-up, plus a couple of rushing attempts. That gives him a QB rating in the 90s. But this sounds similar to when Pete Carroll traded for Charlie Whitehurst last year, and that didn't turn out the way he thought.

April 8, 2011  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Is that a rotweiller doberman mix?

Doberman.

April 8, 2011  10:04 AM ET

well this is S.F. after all.

April 8, 2011  10:08 AM ET

He's a fool if he thinks he has an even remote chance of prying Josh away from Tampa Bay. This aint college Jim and Josh has tasted success without you in the pros. Wanna re- live your college days?.Go back to Stanford.

April 8, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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Doberman.

Wow, you just reminded me of the old Sargeant Bilko show.

April 8, 2011  03:57 PM ET

Harbaugh has eyes for Josh Johnson and teeth that could eat corn on the cob thru a chainlink fence

April 8, 2011  04:11 PM ET
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Nobody that's going to be available. There are too many teams looking for quarterbacks right now, and very few on the market.And even if you could find a good one, would the Yorks spring for the price? Nah. Harbaugh's best hope is to find a diamond in the rough and polish him up. Good luck. Save this smiling picture, Jim, because you may not have much reason to smile for a long time.

The Yorks have spent money on FAs and drafted players for many years now. Justin Smith, Nate Clements, made Vernon Davis the highest paid TE, signed Willis to a long term great deal, Jonas Jennings (made of glass), Larry Allen.

They also have paid to clear out the coaching mistakes of Erickson, Nolan, and Singletary while hiring Harbaugh's staff. I am not saying they Yorks are great but they do have a bad image of cheap when they definitely are not. They just don't spend money like Eddie D.

Niners should trade a 3rd for Palmer, draft Ponder in the 2nd and Peterson in the 1st. That could be a great start whenever football starts.

April 8, 2011  04:54 PM ET
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well this is S.F. after all.

Homophobic jokes? lol .....people don't vacation in Denver... Denver is a place for people to change planes on their way to somewhere else.



As a Niner's fan the think ownership is starting to get things turned around. Harbaugh was a good fit. Only time will tell though. S.F. has a good core group of players.

April 8, 2011  09:27 PM ET
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Homophobic jokes? lol .....people don't vacation in Denver... Denver is a place for people to change planes on their way to somewhere else. As a Niner's fan the think ownership is starting to get things turned around. Harbaugh was a good fit. Only time will tell though. S.F. has a good core group of players.

I've been in the Bay Area for some time now, and with each new coach comes the "Well, things are looking up now." Really? Didn't I hear that when Singletary, Nolan, and the other guys came along. Don't get me wrong, because Harbaugh looks like a good coach, but this is the Niners after all. San Francisco seems more and more like the Saints of old. We'll see though.

 
April 10, 2011  06:17 AM ET

Is this headline kind of... flaming, or is it just me?

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