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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Stevie Johnson likely on trade block after Sammy Watkins pick

Stevie Johnson BillsEveryone pretty much saw this one coming: after the Buffalo Bills moved up to draft Sammy Watkins fourth overall in the draft on Thursday, they will probably be looking to deal one of the wide receivers on their roster.

WGR 550 in Buffalo reported Wednesday that if the Bills drafted a receiver in the first round, Stevie Johnson would likely go on the trade block. Johnson has been the team’s top receiver in three of the past four seasons and his cap hit will be at least $8.5 million each of the next three seasons.

The Bills have some depth at receiver with Robert Woods, T.J. Graham and Marquis Goodwin, and now they’ve added Watkins. They might even take a second receiver at some point in the draft.

Johnson is a good receiver, but he’s not worth the lofty cap hit he will cost. If some team trades for him, they would probably want to restructure his deal.

UPDATE – And of course hours after we posted this, the Bills traded Johnson to the 49ers.

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