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The Buffalo Bills released a statement from General Manager Doug Whaley about today's trade that sent Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft choice:

"Stevie was a great contributor during his career with our organization. Today's decision was not an easy one to make, especially involving a player like Stevie who leaves everything he has on the field and is an emotional leader in our locker room.

"All of the decisions we make are done so in the best interest of our team. We wish him the best of luck in San Francisco and throughout the rest of his NFL career. We also want to thank Stevie and his family for their commitment to the Buffalo Bills and the community over the last six years."