Veteran defensive back Josh Johnson re-ups with Bombers

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed veteran defensive back Josh Johnson on a one-year contract extension for the 2021 season.

The five-foot-10, 200-pound cover man has played four years in the CFL and originally signed with Winnipeg last February. He’s suited up in 64 career regular season games played, including 58 starts, during stints with the B.C. Lions (2014-2015), Ottawa Redblacks (2018), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2018) and the Edmonton Football Team (2019).

Johnson started 17 games for Edmonton in 2019 at both halfback and cornerback, finishing with 43 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, nine pass knockdowns and one tackle for a loss.

He was productive in the post-season, picking off three passes in Edmonton’s Eastern Semi-Final win over the Montreal Alouettes, becoming the first player in the CFL to have three interceptions in a playoff game since Darrell Moir of Toronto in 1986. He then added a team-high six tackles and a sack in the Eastern Final loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Johnson played his NCAA ball with the Purdue University Boilermakers, starting 36 of 49 games and twice named to the Academic All-Big Ten team (2010 and 2011).

He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2013, before joining the B.C. Lions in 2014 where he started 34 games over the next two seasons.

His work with the Lions drew the attention of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed him in February of 2016. Johnson played eight games with Jacksonville in 2016 but was placed on injured reserve in the summer of 2017 before being released in October of that year.

Johnson then signed with Ottawa in March of 2018 and, after playing in four games before being released and signed by Hamilton, where he appeared in nine games. He signed as a free agent with Edmonton in May of 2019.