Raiders release quarterback, depth chart stands at three

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The Raiders released veteran quarterback and Oakland native Josh Johnson, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.

Johnson wasn’t on the roster long. He signed with the Raiders in March and was let go a few weeks into the offseason program’s on-field work.

The veteran quarterback signed with his hometown club before 2017‘s primary back up, EJ Manuel, was re-signed. Manuel’s addition made Johnson the fourth quarterback, creating a slim likelihood if making the 53-man regular-season roster.

Johnson is extremely close with running back Marshawn Lynch. The pair run the Family First Foundation with LA Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, which does charitable work throughout Oakland and the East Bay.

The release of Johnson creates an opening on the 90-man offseason roster, which should be filled posthaste.

In 10 seasons, Johnson has played 29 games, with stints for several teams across the NFL.

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