Johnson was promoted from the practice squad to the 49ers' active roster Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. Johnson has bounced back and forth between San Francisco's roster, practice squad and free agency throughout preseason. He'll serve in a depth role in the secondary after Jason Verrett (knee) was placed on injured reserve.
The 49ers released Johnson on Monday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Johnson finds himself a free agent heading into Week 1 of the regular season after a back-and-forth week that involved the 29-year-old being cut, signed and then cut again. He appeared in 14 games for the 49ers last season and registered 23 tackles, three pass deflections and one sack.
Johnson (foot) signed a contract with the 49ers on Wednesday. Johnson was cut loose by the 49ers ahead of Tuesday's roster deadline but quickly re-signed with the team. He should fill a depth role in the secondary while also seeing time on special teams.
Johnson exited Monday's practice with foot soreness, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but it appears he'll be out of practice for at least a couple days. Johnson had just under two weeks to get healthy before the preseason opener Aug. 14 versus the Chiefs.
Johnson re-signed with San Francisco on Friday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. GM John Lynch has made a point of retaining veteran infrastructure in the 49ers' defensive backfield, re-signing cornerbacks Johnson, Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley this week. San Francisco's secondary -- and entire defense, for that matter -- was ravaged by injury in 2020. Johnson provides reliable depth, having made 14 appearances last year while surrendering just one passing TD over 28 coverage targets. The team may further bolster the secondary in April's draft, perhaps with a selection as high as No. 12 overall.
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