The seven-year pro was acquired by his hometown team on day two of the 2014 NFL Draft for an undisclosed draft pick.
Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound receiver with three, 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, visited with Jim Harbaugh on Sunday before taking his medical examination.
Prior to the trade being completed, the coach spoke highly about the potential acquisition of the play-making receiver who was born in San Francisco and played at Chabot Junior College before starring at the University of Kentucky.
“I got a very good feeling about him,” the coach said. “This has a chance to be something. It’s neat – Hunters Point, Chabot Junior College, San Francisco 49ers. Some things were starting to align in the way we saw it and the way he saw it.”
With Johnson on the roster, San Francisco has one of the deepest receiving groups in the NFL. It’s a far cry from the start of the 2013 season when the team was challenged to find a No. 2 passing option with
Harbaugh is confident that the upcoming receiver competition during the team’s offseason program will bring the best out of his roster.
“The competition will bear that out,” Harbaugh said. “(Unseating) Michael Crabtree and
“(He’s) definitely competing for the third spot initially and right off the bat with
Trent Baalke echoed the sentiment of his coach.
The general manager didn’t go out on a limb and say this is the most talent the team has had at wide receiver during his tenure, but Baalke didn’t he deny it as a possibility.
“I think you could make an argument that it is,” the GM said. “But, once again, until they get in here and they go to work and these young guys get in here and we see where Stevie’s at, we feel very good about it. Feel very good about the group and looking forward to watching them compete.”