Bills trade Stevie Johnson to 49ers

Tom Szczerbowski

The Buffalo Bills have shipped wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers, according to various media reports.

In need of a wide receiver, the San Francisco 49ers drafted safety Jimmie Ward in last night's 2014 NFL Draft first round.  They did not wait for the second round to start in order to land their receiver, however, as multiple media reports have indicated the 49ers sent a conditional 2015 draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for Stevie Johnson.

The pick is reported to be a fourth round choice that can escalate to a third round pick.

The Bills have been reworking their receiving corps this offseason, having already traded for Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then moved up to the fourth overall selection last night to pick Clemson's Sammy Watkins.  With all of the new receivers, rumors that Johnson could be on the trading block had quietly been circulating.

Johnson was originally drafted in the seventh round by the Bills in 2008.  In six seasons in the league, Johnson recorded 301 receptions for 3,832 yards with 28 touchdowns.  He played in all 16 games for Buffalo from 2010 to 2012, missing time last year with a groin injury and the death of his mother.  Johnson signed a five-year, $36.25 million contract in 2012.

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