Raiders sign QB drafted by Jon Gruden 10 years ago

Updated March 19, 2018 - 7:36 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. — Much has changed since 2008.

Jon Gruden’s belief in Josh Johnson has not.

The last quarterback Gruden drafted as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach in 2008 on Monday became the first quarterback the Raiders added under Gruden in 2018.

Johnson signed a one-year contract Monday. He reunites not only with his ex-coach but a cousin in running back Marshawn Lynch.

Johnson and Connor Cook currently stand as the Raiders’ backups to Derek Carr.

It is quite possible they are not done at the position.

As the group stands, the reserves share a lack of NFL experience. At least of late. Aside from practice and the preseason, Johnson has not thrown an NFL pass since 2011 when last with the Bucs. Cook, a 2016 fifth-round pick, was thrown into the fire late as a rookie, attempting 21 throws in the season finale and 45 in a playoff loss to the Houston Texans.

Johnson, an Oakland native, was a fifth-round pick in 2008 out of San Diego. He has started five games over a 10-year career, completing 96 of 177 passes for 1,042 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. All were with the Bucs.

Soon to turn 32 in May, he has been a vagabond since, spending time with the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants and Houston Texans. He worked in Cincinnati with Jay Gruden, Jon Gruden’s younger brother who is now the Washington Redskins’ head coach.

Johnson was not the Raiders’ only signing Monday.

They also added cornerback Shareece Wright to a one-year contract first reported last week.

Patterson trade finalized

The Raiders officially have moved up 51 selections in next month’s draft.

On Sunday, they agreed to trade wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots. That swap was finalized on Monday. The Raiders received the No. 159 pick, located in the fifth round, in exchange for Patterson and a No. 210 overall selection

Pick No. 210 was one of Oakland’s six selections in the sixth round and first of its four compensatory picks. The club’s remaining five selections in the sixth are at No. 185, 192, 212, 216 and 217 overall.

The Raiders currently own 11 total picks, one apiece in the other seven rounds, between April 26-28.

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