Receiver Stevie Johnson, who was so happy to return to California last year when the 49ers acquired him, visited another Golden State team, the Chargers, on Friday, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The 49ers released Johnson Wednesday after he and the team were unable to agree on a restructured contract. Johnson was in line to make more than $6 million this season.
The 49ers, who gave Buffalo a fourth-round pick in a trade for Johnson last year, are in the running to get him back. The Chargers and perhaps the Patriots also are in the running.
Johnson, 28, finished the 2014 season with 35 catches for 435 yards and three touchdowns. He missed the final three games with a knee injury. Johnson grew up in the Bay Area, played high school football in Fairfield and lives in Elk Grove.
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It appears as if the 49ers' starting wideouts for the upcoming season will be Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, who signed a five-year contract earlier in the week. The team also signed free-agent receiver Jerome Simpson to a two-year deal
Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, Trindon Holliday, Chuck Jacobs and Lance Lewis are the other players listed at the position.
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