Reaction + Poll: San Francisco 49ers Trade For Bills’ WR Stevie Johnson


According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the San Francisco 49ers have traded for for Bills’ wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who is 27 years old. The trade features a 4th-round pick for the Bills in return for Johnson, and the pick is conditional.

This is yet another way the Niners have bolstered their offensive weapons alongside Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Anquan Boldin. Early in the off-season, they signed Brandon Lloyd, who may have some gas left in the tank. Although Lloyd is 32 years old, he was a pro-bowl selection in 2010, but has had solid years since then.

Stevie Johnson, on the other hand, was able to do some damage in 2010, 2011, and 2012, but not as much as Lloyd. Still, he had over 1,000 receiving yards in those three consecutive years, proving that the will come in handy as the Niners continue their quest to space their offense apart and force coaches to make difficult decisions when figuring out who to put on who.

Here are Johnson’s statistics (per wikipedia)

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
Regular season
2013 Buffalo Bills 12 52 597 11.5 45 3 1 10 10 10 - - 1
2012 Buffalo Bills 16 79 1,046 13.2 63 6 - - - - - - 1
2011 Buffalo Bills 16 76 1,004 13.2 55 7 - - - - - - 0
2010 Buffalo Bills 16 82 1,073 13.1 45 10 - - - - - - 1
2009 Buffalo Bills 5 2 10 5 5 0 - - - - - - 0
2008 Buffalo Bills 11 10 102 10.2 21 2 1 6 6 - - - 0
Total 76 301 3,832 12.7 63 28 2 16 0 0 0 0 3
Postseason
No playoff appearances

See that glaring gap in the end of the chart? NO POSTSEASON APPEARANCES. As one of the emerging teams in the NFL, who has some very talented and young players and is ready to build for the future, the Niners have a real shot here to do some serious damage. With the additions of Johnson and Lloyd to the already solid receiving line, the Niners are going to see some offensive fireworks. Well, that is if Colin Kaepernick improves his passing abilities.

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