49ers release Josh Johnson, Tolzien wins No. 3 QB job

September 1, 2012, 1:55 am
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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers trimmed their roster to the 53-player limit by maintaining the same quarterback depth chart as a year ago.Quarterback Josh Johnson, who closed the exhibition season Thursday with a strong showing against the San Diego Chargers, was among the 21 players the 49ers cut on Friday.The 49ers also announced a trade that sent special-teams ace Colin Jones, a sixth-round pick last year, to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick.The 49ers plan to open the regular season with the same depth chart at quarterback as a year ago: Starter Alex Smith, backup Colin Kaepernick and No. 3 quarterback Scott Tolzien.MAIOCCO: 49ers transaction recap
The 49ers signed Josh Johnson to a two-year, 2.115 million contract in the offseason. He will receive the 350,000 signing bonus but not the remainder of his scheduled pay. Tolzien is scheduled to make 465,000 as a second-year player.Undrafted-rookie tight end Garrett Celek was a bit of a surprise, as he wins an initial roster spot over Konrad Reuland.The 49ers have three outside linebackers on the roster, as the club waived seventh-round draft pick Cam Johnson and journeyman Eric Bakhtiari.The 49ers can establish an eight-player practice squad on Saturday. Offensive lineman Mike Person, receivers Nathan Palmer and Chris Owusu, inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite and safety Michael Thomas are among the candidates.

Here are the moves the 49ers made to get from 75 players to the 53-player limit:
S Colin Jones to Carolina Panthers for seventh-round draft pickCuts
OLB Ikaika Alama-Francis
OLB Eric Bakhtiari
RB Rock Cartwright
GT Derek Hall
ILB Joe Holland
DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
OLB Cam Johnson
QB Josh Johnson
DT Matthew Masifilo
CB Anthony Mosley
TE Kyle Nelson
GT Al Netter
WR Chris Owusu
WR Nathan Palmer
T Mike Person
TE Konrad Reuland
LB Kenny Rowe
WR Brett Swain
S Michael Thomas
T Kenny Wiggins
LB Michael Wilhoite. 49ers 53-man roster
Quarterbacks (3)
11-Alex Smith
7-Colin Kaepernick
3-Scott TolzienRunning backs (7)
21-Frank Gore
32-Kendall Hunter
45-Brandon Jacobs
23-LaMichael James
49-Bruce Miller
24-Anthony DixonWide receivers (6)
15-Michael Crabtree
84-Randy Moss
82-Mario Manningham
19-Ted Ginn
10-Kyle Williams
17-A.J. JenkinsTight ends (4)
85-Vernon Davis
46-Delanie Walker
83-Demarcus Dobbs
48-Garrett CelekOffensive line (8)
74-Joe Staley
77-Mike Iupati
59-Jonathan Goodwin
75-Alex Boone
76-Anthony Davis
68-Leonard Davis
67-Daniel Kilgore
66-Joe LooneyDefensive line (6)
91-Ray McDonald
90-Isaac Sopoaga
94-Justin Smith
95-Ricky Jean Francois
92-Will Tukuafu
93-Ian WilliamsOutside linebackers (3)
99-Aldon Smith
55-Ahmad Brooks
98-Parys HaralsonInside linebackers (4)
52-Patrick Willis
53-NaVorro Bowman
54-Larry Grant
56-Tavares GoodenCornerbacks (5)
22-Carlos Rogers
25-Tarell Brown
29-Chris Culliver
20-Perrish Cox
26-Tramaine BrockSafeties (5)
38-Dashon Goldson
31-Donte Whitner
27-C.J. Spillman
30-Trenton Robinson
32-Darcel McBathSpecialists (3)
2-David Akers
4-Andy Lee
86-Brian Jennings