49ers acquire WR Johnson in trade with Bills

49ers acquire WR Johnson in trade with Bills
May 9, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Stevie Johnson was limited to 12 games last season, totaling 52 catches for 597 yards and three scores. (USATSI)

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The 49ers filled a need at wide receiver Friday without using any 2014 draft picks.

The 49ers acquired wide receiver Stevie Johnson in a trade with the Buffalo Bills for a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, both teams announced Friday. The pick could turn into a third-round selection based on Johnson’s production.

Johnson must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized, the 49ers said.

Johnson, a San Francisco native, recorded 1,000-yard receiving seasons with the Bills in three of the past four seasons. Last year, he had 52 catches for 597 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games as he dealt with back, groin and hamstring issues.

"Today's decision was not an easy one to make, especially involving a player like Stevie," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement. "We wish him best of luck with the 49ers and in his NFL career."

Johnson became expendable Thursday when the Bills traded up to No. 4 overall to select wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Johnson is signed through the 2016 season with contracts set to pay him $3.925 million this season ($3.65 million base salary and $275,000 workout bonus), $6.025 million in 2015 and $6.125 million in 2016.

Michael Crabtree, who figures to start alongside Anquan Boldin, is scheduled to enter the final year of his contract.

Johnson will join the competition for playing time, along with veteran addition Brandon Lloyd and second-year player Quinton Patton.