Cam Johnson was coming off of a breakout preseason performance. The second year outside linebacker had two sacks and blocked a punted that he recovered for a touchdown in a 41-6 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Johnson was rewarded for his efforts with a spot on the team’s 53-main roster.
While Johnson has a lot of promise, the team is deep at outside linebacker with Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier, and Dan Skuta all in place. It was that depth that allowed to 49ers to trade Johnson to the Indianapolis Colts for a seventh round pick. Johnson, who spent most of his 2012 rookie season recovering from injuries, would have been fifth on the depth chart and inactive on game day.
To replace Johnson on the roster, the team signed Chris Harper who was released by the Seattle Seahawks. While Harper is listed as a wide receiver, the 49ers view him as someone who could fill the same tight end/H-back role that Delanie Walker played in previous years.
Harper was a fourth round pick by the Seahawks in the 2013 draft. He had 58 receptions for 857 yards and three touchdowns last season at Kansas State.
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