NFL: Buffalo Bills trade Stevie Johnson to San Francisco 49ers

Last Updated: 09/05/14 9:35pm

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Stevie Johnson: Heading to the San Francisco 49ers

Stevie Johnson: Heading to the San Francisco 49ers

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The Buffalo Bills traded veteran wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers ahead of the second day of the NFL Draft.

Johnson heads to the 49ers for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2015 draft that could become a third rounder depending on performance.

The 27-year-old had 52 receptions for 597 yards last season, scoring three touchdowns in 12 games, but missing the remaining four with niggling injuries.

Johnson's role with the Bills was going to be cut back after their selection of exciting rookie Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick of the draft on Thursday and their trade with Tampa Bay last month that brought Mike Williams to the franchise.

"Stevie was a great contributor during his career with our organization," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said.

"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.

"All of the decisions we make are done so in the best interest of our team.

"We wish him the best of luck in San Francisco and throughout the rest of his NFL career. We also want to thank Stevie and his family for their commitment to the Buffalo Bills and the community over the last six years."

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