The former Buffalo Bills star wideout is done in San Francisco after just one season with the team.
The San Francisco 49ers have released WR Stevie Johnson as a cap-saving measure, giving themselves up to $6 million in extra cap space in the free agency period.
NBC reporter Dianna Russini tweeted that the 49ers’ release of Johnson would come in the next few days and that the team would save between $5-6 million in cap space.
Per sources, 49ers are expected to release Stevie Johnson. This will save 5.5 million of cap room. #49ers
— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) February 28, 2015
The 49ers traded a 2015 4th-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Johnson on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft, hoping that Johnson would return to his 1,000+ yard receiving form that he had maintained from 2010 to 2012 before being injured for four games in 2013.
But the trade for Johnson barely paid off as the wideout would go on to start just one game of his 13 played in San Francisco, and recorded just one game with over 100 receiving yards. Johnson’s 35 catches for 435 receiving yards were both his lowest marks since 2009 – when he caught only two passes in five games played.
From 2010 to 2013, Johnson was a rising star for the Buffalo Bills, recording 289 catches for 3,720 receiving yards and 26 TDs. But his decline in 2013 made him expendable to Buffalo, who had given him a large contract extension but had a hard time building their offense around him under former head coach Doug Marrone.