Redskins release QB Johnson, sign QB Hasselbeck

Updated: October 22, 2003, 6:38 PM ET

LANDOVER, Maryland - After beginning the year on top of the world, quarterback Rob Johnson has fallen hard.

Johnson, who served as Brad Johnson's backup on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl championship team last season, was released Wednesday by the Washington Redskins.

Appearing in just two games for the Redskins after signing as a free agent in March, Johnson completed 5-of-7 passes for 39 yards and was sacked three times. He also rushed for six yards on one carry.

After breaking several passing records at Southern California, Johnson was drafted by Jacksonville, where he saw action in just six games over three seasons. He moved on to Buffalo and made 26 starts in four seasons before joining Tampa Bay in 2002.

To replace Johnson, Washington signed quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck signed with Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2001 after starring at Boston College but was released before training camp that season.

Hasselbeck spent time on the rosters of Philadelphia and Carolina, but has yet to take a snap in a regular-season game. He completed 21-of-39 passes for 205 yard this preseason for the Eagles.

Hasselbeck is son of former NFL tight end Don Hasselbeck and brother of Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

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