- Coley Harvey, ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter
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Two days after the conclusion of last week's NFL draft, Johnson's time in Bengals stripes finally came to an end. The team announced Monday afternoon it had released him.
Johnson is scheduled to enter his sixth season later this fall. He joined the Bengals last offseason as a free agent and ranked second on the depth chart behind Andy Dalton all last year. He appeared in just two regular-season games, rushing seven times for 20 yards. He didn't complete a pass.
Johnson's release comes on the heels of AJ McCarron's selection in the fifth round of the draft. In addition to joining Dalton, the former Alabama quarterback will be in the same meeting room as veteran Jason Campbell, another backup who was added via free agency earlier this offseason. Campbell was brought in on a one-year deal and is expected to help mentor Dalton. McCarron likely will play this season as the No. 3 quarterback behind the two, learning from both.
At Alabama, McCarron was a three-time national champion and Heisman Trophy runner-up. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said his staff was most impressed by McCarron's touchdown-to-interception ratio. He completed 77 touchdown passes to 15 interceptions during his college career.
Dalton is now the lone returning quarterback on the Bengals' roster. Along with Robinson's departure -- the reserve spent all of last season on the physically unable to perform list -- practice-squad quarterback Greg McElroy retired earlier this offseason. The fellow former Crimson Tide signal-caller had been in the league since 2011.
CINCINNATI -- When the Cincinnati Bengals released backup quarterback Zac Robinson earlier this month, there was only a matter of time before fellow reserve Josh Johnson joined him.