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Buffalo Bills Trade Stevie Johnson to San Francisco 49ers

May 9th, 2014 at 7:08 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

One day after moving up to the No. 4 spot in the NFL draft to select wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the Buffalo Bills traded former No. 1 receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers.

'Steve Johnson' photo (c) 2011, Jeffrey Beall - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Bills received a fourth-round pick in next year's draft, that could turn into a third-round pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The draft pick will make up for the fourth-round pick the Bills gave up as part of their trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up to select Watkins.

Johnson had a controversial career in Buffalo. The former seventh-round pick emerged as a star, compiling three-straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Bills. However, his pattern of dropping passes when the game was on the line, and his disciplinary issues, were both concerns for Buffalo's new coaching staff.

Johnson's future with the Bills immediately came into question when Buffalo landed Watkins. The Bills had a surplus of receivers, and the front office seemed eager to move Johnson as soon as possible. Johnson is coming off of his worst season since becoming a regular in the NFL, catching just 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns. He will join a 49ers receiving corps highlighted by Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. 

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