Buffalo, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Buffalo Bills have traded wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that could become a third rounder.
Johnson will be a good fit for the 49ers, who were searching for a third receiver to complement Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin with his ability to run option routes.
“Stevie was a great contributor during his career with our organization,” Bills GM Doug Whaley said in a statement.
“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,” he added.
The Bills had been shopping Johnson leading up to the draft. The Bills tried to deal him to Tampa Bay as part of the trade that brought Mike Williams to Buffalo.
Buffalo paid Johnson a $1.75 million roster bonus in March, and he will count $10.225 million against their salary cap this year, per Brian McIntyre.
In his six seasons with the Bills, the 27-year-old Johnson caught 301 passes for 3,832 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has three 1,000-yard seasons from 2010 to 2012.