Report: 49ers To Release WR Stevie Johnson

According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to reveal their first cap-casualty as WR Stevie Johnson will be the first to go.

The two were unable to reach an agreement on a reduced salary as Johnson was scheduled to make $6.25 million this season. A high cap number considering he would be buried on the depth chart as the No. 3 wide receiver behind newcomer WR Torrey Smith, it’s no wonder Johnson was released.

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The 49ers will save $6.25 million in cap relief from making the move as no ‘dead money’ will count against the current cap. A scenario I envisioned as I came up with the 49ers top three players who will likely be released two weeks ago, it looks like Johnson is the first one on the chopping block.

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Johnson was acquired in a draft-day trade with the Buffalo Bills that sent a future conditional 2015 fourth-round draft pick.

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In one season in San Francisco, Johnson recorded 35 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns.

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