Sources – The Ravens return QB Josh Johnson for the third stint

Jamison HensleyESPN staff writerMay 22, 2023, 08:40 a.m. ET1 minute to read

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens have added a very familiar face to provide more competition for the backup spot behind quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens signed Josh Johnson on Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter sources report. Johnson, 37, played on an NFL record 14 teams and returned in his third stint with Baltimore.

Johnson will compete with Tyler Huntley and Anthony Brown for the starting backup role behind Jackson, who has missed 10 games in the past two seasons. Nolan Henderson, a freshman out of Delaware, is the fifth quarterback on the Ravens’ roster.

A fifth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, Johnson has also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and Houston Texans , Raiders, Washington, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos.

Johnson was with the Ravens in 2016 and 2021, when he made his only start (41-21 loss at Cincinnati). In 39 career games, Johnson completed 58% of his passes for 2,280 yards. He has thrown 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a 70.6 passer rating.

Last season, the Ravens struggled mightily when Jackson was sidelined with a left knee injury. In five games with Huntley and Brown, Baltimore averaged 13 points and scored a total of four touchdowns.

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