The Eagles are still in need of a starting-caliber wide receiver heading into Day 2. While it's likely they add a rookie to the mix at some point on Friday, the team could add a veteran option as well. The Bills traded up for Sammy Watkins, which will likely spell the end of Stevie Johnson's tenure in Buffalo. The Bills are expected to shop Johnson, according to WGR 550 Buffalo.
The Eagles added a third round pick on Thursday with a trade back, which could give them more wiggle room in veteran trades. The team also could deal Brandon Graham, who would fit in the Bills new 4-3 defense. Perhaps, Graham could entice the Bills into a player-for-player swap so that each team could keep their precious draft picks.
The issues with a marriage between the Eagles and Johnson are likely his contract and age. It seems like the Eagles want to get younger and cheaper talent and Johnson is 27 and is due $3.5 million this season, according to Over The Cap. Johnson also may not mesh from a personality perspective as he has been known to have issues with coaching staffs in the past. It also says a lot that the Bills were willing to trade up for Watkins and trade for Mike Williams, who Bills head coach Doug Marrone kicked off of Syracuse's football team just a few years ago.
The chances of having Johnson in Philadelphia are probably somewhere between slim and none. However, he would give the Eagles a proven starter that could take a back seat if Riley Cooper continues his success with Nick Foles and Arrelious Benn and Jeremy Maclin recover from their ACL injuries. Johnson is not an ideal No. 1 guy, but could be a fit as a No. 2 or 3 pass catcher somewhere in the league.
[Note by Brandon Lee Gowton, 05/09/14 3:02 PM EDT] - Per Adam Schefter, Stevie Johnson has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
Filed to ESPN: 49ers trading a conditional 2015 4th-round pick to Buffalo for WR Stevie Johnson, per sources. Pick can become a 3rd.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 9, 2014