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San Francisco 49ers Trade for WR Stevie Johnson

Posted May 9, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers have acquired Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson for an undisclosed draft pick.


The San Francisco 49ers have acquired Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.

Johnson must pass a physical for the trade to be executed.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the trade is for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick which could become a third-round selection based on the vetern receiver's on-field production.

Johnson, a Fairfield, Calif., native was born in San Francisco and has played for the Bills for the past six seasons. To date, Johnson has 301 career receptions, 3,832 receiving yards and 28 touchdown catches.

Originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Bills in 2008, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound receiver has produced three, 1,000-yard receiving seasons since 2010. He became the first player in Bills history to record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Johnson most recently totaled 597 receiving yards while appearing in 12 games last season.

“Stevie was a great contributor during his career with our organization,” Bills GM Doug Whaley said in a statement released by the team. “Today’s decision was not an easy one to make, especially involving a player like Stevie who leaves everything he has on the field and is an emotional leader in our locker room.

"All of the decisions we make are done so in the best interest of our team. We wish him the best of luck in San Francisco and throughout the rest of his NFL career. We also want to thank Stevie and his family for their commitment to the Buffalo Bills and the community over the last six years.”

Johnson signed a five-year contract extension in 2012, but the play-making receiver’s future in Buffalo recently became uncertain when the Bills traded up in the first round to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick on Thursday night.

Prior to acquiring Johnson, San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said the team saw value at “every level” of the 2014 wide receiver draft class.

The Johnson trade suggests the 49ers valued a veteran receiver over a mid-round developmental player.

The 49ers could still select a wide receiver with their 10 remaining picks, however, Johnson’s arrival makes it less of a need. He is signed through the 2016 season.

Johnson joins a San Francisco wide receiver group that currently has Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood among its notable players at the position.

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