Bills trade Stevie Johnson to 49ers
An underdog story that was a favorite of fans as he developed into a starting wide receiver, former seventh-round pick and long-time Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers, according to league sources.
Leading up to the draft WGR learned that if the Bills used their first round pick on a wide receiver they would immediately look to trade Johnson away from the team. Buffalo traded up to select Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins, and less than a day later Johnson is on his way to the 49ers.
The compensation for the Bills, is a conditional 2015 fourth-round selection that could turn into a third-round pick if production-based incentives are met. The level of production to meet those conditions are unknown to this point in time. According to a league source, the deal all came together Friday morning.
However, for Buffalo it recoups one of the two picks sent to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in order to move up to the fourth overall selection. The Bills dealt their 2015 first and fourth-round picks to move up in the order.
Johnson, 27, has started each of the past four seasons for the Bills. He is the only player in Bills history to have three consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons. Over the course of his six seasons in Buffalo, he had 301 catches for 3,832 yards and 28 touchdowns.
The Bills now have added four wide receivers in the past two offseasons. Their top four now consists of Watkins, Mike Williams, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.
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