This will end a lengthy AFC South stay for Johnson, who spent last season with the Titans and the previous three with the Colts. Johnson, 27, is on track for his sixth NFL season. He and Malik Turner visited the 49ers earlier this week.
Part of an Eagles-Colts trade in 2018, the former UDFA is coming off a season in which he was placed on IR twice. In between those stints, Johnson made a notable contribution for a Tennessee team playing without A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. Johnson’s five-catch, 100-yard day helped the Titans to a narrow win over the Saints, a victory that ended up mattering significantly in the AFC South champions’ pursuit of the conference’s No. 1 seed. Johnson landed on season-ending IR shortly after that performance.
A Texas alum, Johnson served as a part-time contributor with the Colts during Jacoby Brissett‘s second starter season and Philip Rivers‘ Indianapolis one-off. Between the 2019 and ’20 slates, the 6-foot-1 target combined for 31 receptions, 532 yards and three touchdowns.
San Francisco has a low-cost receiver room, at the moment, and is set to return its top pass catchers from 2021. Deebo Samuel‘s status figures to change that, with the team planning an extension — one that may now be more costly, given the receiver market’s early-offseason explosion — for its versatile star. The 49ers have Brandon Aiyuk under contract through at least 2023, and emerging complementary performer Jauan Jennings is attached to an ERFA tender — one he has not yet signed.