It's not exactly surprising that it's looking like wide receiver Stevie Johnson won't be with the San Francisco 49ers next season. That said, it is a little disappointing given how Johnson looked on the field last season. I thought that, when given opportunities, he looked a lot better than Michael Crabtree and given an opportunity, could be a solid contributor next season.
But if Johnson won't take a pay cut or the 49ers are being unreasonable, then I have to imagine they feel very good about which wide receiver they want in the NFL Draft, particularly in the first round. The only issue there is that, of course ... the last time the 49ers were sure about what they wanted out of a receiver in the first round, A.J. Jenkins happened. And before that, Crabtree happened.
Yeah, that Jenkins pick has scarred me for awhile. Onto your links for the day, folks.
Report: 49ers to release WR Stevie Johnson (Gutierrez)
WR Stevie Johnson's future with 49ers uncertain (Maiocco)
If 49ers cut Johnson, would that increase chances of re-signing Crabtree? (BA Sports Guy)
Not the offseason to look for Kaepernick's replacement (Barrows)
Stevie Johnson's release would create cap space and greater need for WR replacements (Inman)
49ers must address questions on offensive line (Maiocco)
Niners want Stevie Johnson to take pay cut (NFL)
In Draft, 49ers' Character Values May be Tested (Williams)
Baalke hinted Willis, Bowman aren't going anywhere (Maiocco)