Bills trade Stevie Johnson to 49ers

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Team sources tell News 4 that the Buffalo Bills have traded WR Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the trade is for a conditional 2015 fourth round pick.

In a tweet, Bills tight end Chris Gragg said, “Gone miss @StevieJohnson13 as a teammate…help me out alot as a rookie and he is a great guy. Its the biz tho good luck big bro back home.”

This is the second bold move by the Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft by GM Doug Whaley, who made a last minute deal on Thursday to get the fourth pick in the first round from the Cleveland Browns to pick up Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.

Whaley, who took over for Buddy Nix, said of the Watkins selection, “We thought it was a calculated risk, and a risk we were willing to take. The high cost of not making the playoffs is something we weighed, and we thought this guy was going to get us to the playoffs.”

The Bills have gone 14 seasons without making it into the playoffs – the NFL’s longest active drought. The Associated Press reports Whaley said Friday’s decision was not an easy one to make, but “all of the decisions we make are done so in the best interest of our team.”

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