The Buffalo Bills have traded one of the most prolific receivers in club history.
About 18 hours after they traded up to draft Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins fourth overall, the Bills sent Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for undisclosed draft considerations.
Johnson grew up rooting for the 49ers. He came from the Hunter’s Point section of San Francisco, learned how to drive in Candlestick Park’s parking lots and graduated from nearby Rodriguez High.
Johnson is entering his seventh season. He became the first Bills receiver to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and made it three straight in 2012.
But his 2013 campaign was one to forget. He battled multiple injuries and the death of his mother late in the season. He missed four games and caught 52 passes for only 597 yards and three touchdowns.
Johnson’s salary-cap number for this year was $8.5 million.
He has three years left on his contract with base salaries of $3.65 million this year, $5.5 million for 2015 and $5.85 million for 2016. His roster bonus this year was $1.75 million.