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49ers Sign WR Johnson


The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday that WR Bryant Johnson has been signed by the team. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Johnson, was the first of two first-round selections chosen by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2003 NFL Draft (17th overall). He has played in all but three games in his five-year career. In those 77 games, he has amassed 210 receptions for 2,675 yards and nine touchdowns.

"Bryant is a player that we have been familiar from our division contests against Arizona," Head Coach Mike Nolan said. "He has been very productive when given the opportunity and we are excited to have him as a member of the 49ers."

Johnson had his break out season in 2006, finishing third in the NFL in average yards per reception among receivers with 30+ catches. He also set career highs in yardage (740) and touchdowns (4) while having a team-high three plays that went for over 50 yards.

"Bryant is a young, talented player," General Manager Scot McCloughan said. "He brings big-play capabilities to the offense and we feel he will bring in an added dimension to the talent we already have on board."

Other 49ers News: The 49ers also announced that they have signed tackle Qasim Mitchell.

Mitchell (6-5, 347) has seen action in 21 games with 16 starts after originally being signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of North Carolina A&T by the Cleveland Browns in 2002. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve with the Browns before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2003. Mitchell went on to play three seasons for the Bears, which included starting 14 games for Chicago in 2004. He has been out of football for the past two seasons after spending training camp with the Carolina Panthers in 2006 and the Arizona Cardinals in 2007.

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