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The 49ers fill receiver need with Stevie Johnson trade

Stevie Johnson

Buffalo Bills’ Stevie Johnson (13) runs in for a touchdown during their 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans in an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)


The 49ers have gone a familiar route to fill a glaring need at wide receiver.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 49ers are trading for displaced Bills wideout Stevie Johnson.

The cost is a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick which could become a third.

It was clear the Bills were ready to move him after moving up to draft Sammy Watkins last night.

From the 49ers standpoint, It’s a reasonable deal for a guy who should produce right away, similar to the Anquan Boldin deal last offseason. Along with Michael Crabtree, it gives them a solid group, and will allow them to devote the rest of their draft picks to other positions.