The San Francisco 49ers have dealt outside linebacker Cam Johnson to the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional draft pick, the team announced. According to Matt Maiocco of CSN, trading Johnson will allow for the 49ers to sign wide receiver Chris Harper off the Seahawks’ practice squad.
A seventh-round pick of the 49ers back in 2012, Johnson shined in the preseason, especially in the final game against the Chargers. He recorded six tackles and two sacks, and he even scored a touchdown after blocking a punt. That performance earned him a spot on the 53-man roster, but apparently the 49ers have been trying to trade him for the past few days.
“We appreciate Cam’s efforts since joining our team a year ago,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He has continued to grow as a football player and we wish him all the best with his new opportunity in Indianapolis.”
Johnson appeared in two regular season games last year after spending the majority of the season on the practice squad.
The 49ers had 10 linebackers on their roster coming into the day, five of them being outside linebackers. With Johnson’s departure, they will have Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks starting, with Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier backing them up.