Josh Johnson fully understands how difficult quarterback opportunities are to come by in the NFL, which is why he's considering all options regarding his football future. As the XFL appears to have a second life after filing for bankruptcy, Johnson won't rule out returning to the league in 2021 -- even if there are NFL jobs available.
"Hell yeah, I'd consider it," Johnson said on a XFL return, via Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register. "We had unfinished business (with the Los Angeles Wildcats) and I was enjoying myself playing football. I was there to be a football player and I was really enjoying that experience. I think it's worth the try, especially if you still want to continue to stay in this game like I do. There's not a lot of options as football players."
Johnson was the starting quarterback in Los Angeles, leading the league with a 106.3 passer rating. He completed 60% of his passes and threw for 1,076 yards, 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
A fifth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Johnson has played for 13 NFL teams, including two different stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. He has also played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the defunct United Football League and was on the initial roster of the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football before signing with the Washington Redskins. He has completed 55.2% of his passes for eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 33 career NFL games.
Johnson is willing to wait for another NFL call, even if he has to hold off during the season for a potential NFL return. The Washington Redskins were the last NFL team to employ Johnson, signing him in December of 2018 to be a backup quarterback. Johnson actually started three games for the Redskins, throwing for 590 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions in his first regular season game snaps since 2011. He passed on the NFL for an opportunity in Los Angeles with the XFL last year, believing the Wildcats have unfinished business once the league shut down after five weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"That was my first time actually playing in L.A. I enjoyed the hell out of myself," Johnson said. "The games were fun. The atmosphere was great. They had a cool little setup. I enjoyed getting up and going to work every day. Coach (Winston) Moss, Coach (Norm) Chow, everybody around the Wildcats, they created a good environment that made it cool to go to work every day and we enjoyed ourselves.
"That's what made it so hard for us to have to pull away from each other because we really had become like a little family."