49ers to Release Stevie Johnson

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to release WR Stevie Johnson in the coming days. Cutting Johnson would save the 49ers $5.5 Million in cap space, potentially freeing up money to invest in free agent WRs. Michael Crabtree is a free agent this off-season, though it is possible they would not want to continue to invest in Crabtree.

Johnson found his way to San Francisco via a trade with the Buffalo Bills on draft day last season. After selecting Sammy Watkins with the #4 overall pick, the Bills traded the slot receiver to San Francisco for a conditional 4th-round pick. Johnson did not meet performance thresholds which could have made the pick a 3rd-rounder. 

Pro Football Focus ranked Johnson 22nd of all wide receivers that took at least 25% of snaps this season, good for a score of 6.0. Only Anquan Boldin (18th and 6.6) preformed better for the 49ers. Michael Crabtree ranked 95th with a score of -7.3. 

Johnson caught 35 passes on 49 targets, including 3 TDs, for 435 yards this season for San Francisco. He only dropped 2 passes, good for the best catch percentage on the team. 

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