Johnson passes physical, trade from Bills finalized

Johnson passes physical, trade from Bills finalized
May 12, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Hunters Point, Chabot Junior College, San Francisco 49ers. Some things were starting to align in the way we saw it and the way he saw it.
Jim Harbaugh on Stevie Johnson

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson passed his physical on Monday to complete his trade to the 49ers.

The 49ers and Buffalo Bills agreed to a trade Friday that brings Johnson back to the Bay Area for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft. If Johnson reaches undisclosed levels of production, the pick could turn into a third-rounder next year.

Johnson is the favorite to become the 49ers’ No. 3 receiver behind starters Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. Johnson joins a competition that includes Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton and rookie Bruce Ellington.

“The production that he’s had, and I got a very good feeling about him,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said about Johnson.

“I watched tape. Watched the last four years of him, all his targets, all the times the ball was thrown to him and I feel like this is a situation that could work out very well.”

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Johnson was limited to 12 games last season with back, hamstring and other injuries. He caught 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns.

Johnson, a six-year veteran, recorded three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Bills’ quarterback. Last year, he caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks.

“It’s neat,” Harbaugh said Saturday after speaking with Johnson for the first time. “Hunters Point, Chabot Junior College, San Francisco 49ers. Some things were starting to align in the way we saw it and the way he saw it.”