After making a splash in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills are continuing to stir things up on day two. The team has sent Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a fourth round pick in 2015. The pick is conditional and can improve to a third-rounder.
The #Bills were quietly shopping Stevie Johnson and looking for his replacement. Found it in Sammy Watkins, did the deal for Stevie
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 9, 2014
The objective here is clear for the Bills — make Sammy Watkins their clear top receiver from day one. The objective for the 49ers is also clear — build a better team for another Super Bowl run in 2014.
This deal is a win for the 49ers as Johnson has three years left on the five-year, $36 million deal he signed in March of 2012 and his $3.9 million cap number in 2014 keeps the NFC powerhouse under the salary cap. Johnson will have three years to prove himself in San Francisco while the team decides whether or not to lock him up long-term.
Johnson is coming off a disappointing 597-yard receiving season in 2013, but the prior three years he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark while hauling in at least six TDs per.
While the WR’s numbers probably won’t get back to 1,000-yard level in San Francisco, it’s also not out of the question. He’s only 27 and he’ll be playing on the best team of his career. Considering the small price tag, this trade is definitely a victory for the Niners.