The 49ers signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson to a one-year deal Wednesday.
The team also signed cornerback Keith Reaser, a fifth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic, to a four-year contract and waived defensive tackle Christian Tupou.
Johnson was drafted in the fifth round in 2008 by Tampa Bay. He spent four seasons with the Bucs before attending training camp with the 49ers in 2012. He spent last season in Cincinnati.
A 27-year-old native of Oakland, Johnson played at the University of San Diego under then-coach Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers have five QBs on the roster: starter Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Kory Faulkner and Johnson. The Raiders released safety Tony Dye, a San Jose native who played in one game with Cincinnati last season, then signed Jan. 14 with Oakland. The team also cut linebacker Eric Harper and defensive end Chris McCoy. Chicago signed Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, the 14th overall pick in the draft, to a four-year contract. Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was released from jail on $17,000 bond, a day after being charged with assault on a female and communicating threats in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and the woman allegedly were involved in a relationship.
The Pac-12 and 49ers officials will hold a news conference Thursday to officially announce that Levi's Stadium will be the future home of the conference championship game, starting with the Dec. 5 game this year. The 49ers' new venue also will host the Oregon-Cal game Oct. 24. The title game had been played at the team with the better conference record. Washington reinstated quarterback Cyler Miles after he had been suspended while Seattle police investigated a Super Bowl night fight. Coach Chris Petersen said suspended receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, who was charged with assault and malicious mischief Feb. 2, will transfer.
Roger Federer, in his first match since the birth of his second set of twins, lost in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) to Jeremy Chardy. Boys Leo and Lenny were born last week, prompting Federer to withdraw from the Madrid Open. Serena Williams showed no trouble from a thigh injury that forced her to withdraw in Madrid, routing Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-2. Russia beat Kazakhstan 7-2 for its fourth straight win at the world hockey championship in Minsk, Belarus. Russia leads Group B with 12 points. The U.S., Belarus and Latvia, who were all idle, have six. Kazakhstan has one point. Cristian Maidana and Danny Cruz had goals as Philadelphia (2-5-5) broke a nine-match MLS winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City (5-3-2). Diego Ulissi won the 126-mile fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia, while Michael Matthews retained the overall lead. Mel Patton, a double gold medal-winning sprinter at the 1948 London Olympics, died in Fallbrook. He was 89. Patton ran 20.2 seconds in the 220 on a straightaway in 1949 to break Jesse Owens' world mark.