Monday, May 12, 2014

Stevie Johnson officially a 49er, to battle for No. 3 gig


The trade is completely complete.

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who was dealt to the San Francisco 49ers Friday, passed his physical with his new team Monday.

With that, Johnson's departure from the place he called home for a half dozen years is official, though the transaction does pit him in his actual home town.

His old Bills digs now belong to Sammy Watkins, the Bills' prized first round pick whom they traded up five spots (using this year's first-rounder, next year's first and a fourth) to get.

This summer, Johnson, who has 301 receptions for 28 touchdowns to his name, will duke it out with a handful of potential No. 3 wideouts behind a pair of receivers 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says are entrenched in their respective spots on the depth chart.

“The competition will bear that out,” Harbaugh said, via “(Unseating) Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, that’s a tall order for anybody.”

“. . . (He’s) definitely competing for the third spot initially and right off the bat with Quinton Patton with Brandon Lloyd, with Jonathan Baldwin, (and) Chuck Jacobs. There’s quite a line there.”

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