Outside linebacker Cam Johnson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts from the San Francisco 49ers Monday.
Johnson, a seventh-round pick from Virginia who spent 14 games on the 49ers' practice squad last season before cracking the active roster, gives Indianapolis needed depth outside.
He had a strong preseason, punctuated by his six-tackle, two-sack showing against the San Diego Chargers last week. Johnson also blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown. While the exhibition finale typically features few veterans, Johnson did most of his damage against 31-year-old veteran Max Starks.
"We appreciate Cam's efforts since joining our team a year ago," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. "He has continued to grow as a football player and we wish him all the best with his new opportunity in Indianapolis."
The 49ers received a seventh-round pick from the Colts in the trade and have 12 draft picks for the 2014 draft, including four in the seventh round. They could receive an additional pick in the third or fourth round as compensation for losing DaShon Goldson in free agency.
Johnson had 12.5 career sacks in 42 games at Virginia.
The Colts also announced they signed wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers to the practice squad and waived wide receiver Nathan Palmer from injured reserve with an injury settlement.
Rogers was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie who spent last season at Tennessee Tech after getting dismissed by the University of Tennessee.