The 49ers announced they have acquired WR Stevie Johnson from the Buffalo Bills for a 2015 draft pick. It will be a conditional fourth-round pick which could become a third-round draft pick, per sources.
Johnson, who was born in Fairfield, CA and played junior college football at Chabot, was a seventh-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2008. From 2010-2012, he had more than 1,000 receiving yards in each season, but is coming off a year where he had 592 receiving yards in 12 games.
Last night for the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills traded up five spots for WR Sammy Watkins where they gave up a first-round pick in 2015 to draft him. Johnson, 27, became expendable when they acquired Watkins.
Bills General Manager Doug Whaley released the following statement on Johnson:
"Today's decision was not an easy one to make, especially involving a player like Stevie. We wish him best of luck with the 49ers and his NFL career."
Johnson signed a five-year extension in 2012 with the Bills and will be under contract with the 49ers through the 2016 season. He is a decent possession receiver, but isn't the greatest deep threat to stretch the field.
With Johnson joining the team, he will join a mix of Quinton Patton, Devon Wylie, Brandon Lloyd and Kassim Osgood for a slot receiver role behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. The final two years of his contract will have him making $6 million. In 2014, he will be making $3.9 million.
The 49ers still have five draft picks for Day 2 of the NFL Draft which includes two in the 2nd round and three in the 3rd round. Four of the five picks can be traded with the fifth one (100th overall) cannot be traded as it is a compensatory pick for the the loss of Dashon Goldson in free agency.