Stevie Johnson will join Chargers

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Wide receiver Stevie Johnson narrowed his choices for a 2015 team down to the Chargers and Patriots on Monday night.

On Tuesday morning, he made his choice. Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego and Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington report that Johnson has agreed to terms with the Chargers.

Johnson gives the Chargers the receiver they tried and failed to land earlier in the offseason. Eddie Royal chose to sign with the Bears instead of returning to San Diego and Andre Johnson opted for the Colts’ offer, leaving the Chargers with Jacoby Jones to go with Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd. Jones is best suited to a role focused on kick returning, though, and Johnson’s arrival along with the presence of Dontrelle Inman should allow things to work out that way.

Johnson had 35 catches for 435 yards and three touchdowns after being traded from the Bills to the 49ers before last season and the 49ers released him last week to save some money under the cap. His days as a 1,000-yard receiver may be behind him, but he should be a good fit with Allen and Floyd in the San Diego passing attack as long as he’s healthy in 2015.

88 responses to “Stevie Johnson will join Chargers

  1. So he chose nice weather over a chance for a SB ring. It was his choice so I am cool with it.

  2. Probably his last contract, why not finish up on the warm sunny beaches of San Diego.

  3. Wize choice….pats really didn’t need him
    Compared to Chargers….
    No great loss… Good luck to him

  4. Welcome.

    He’ll join Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Austin Pettis, Jacoby Jones and Dontrelle Inman, to go along with Gates and Green at TE. Not a bad receiving corps, especially with Zeus throwing the lightning.

  5. Good pickup now they have two good route runners and can use Jacoby Jones to do what he does best and just run past safeties.

  6. Stevie will help the Chargers. Really digging some of the under-the-radar signings by Telesco. Flowers was under valued as a man corner in KC but is best suited in SDs zone scheme. Stevie isn’t a prototypical #1 WR, but he runs great routes which is the most important quality in SDs quick spread offense.

    Looking forward to more sneaky good depth signings from SD. The cap should still be over $10M after this signing.

  7. He stayed in his home state, instead of being a traitor and going to the enemy.

    Glad I don’t have to burn my jersey now.

    And I’ll guarantee the Patriots never win another ring with Tom Brady…I bet the Chargers get closer than them this year.

  8. We got a tight end that we could not cover and he is also bigger than gronk.

    Brady likes throwing short passes.

    We need Greg Hardy. Then we go back to super bowl.

  9. BOOM! Now that’s a nice receiving corp. Floyd and Jones can stretch the field. Keenan and Stevie will be the route runners. With Gates at TE. Let’s see who they pick up in the draft for RB. If it’s either Gordon or Gurley, both will give a great presence at RB position.

  10. Yawn.

    Not a pressing need for the Patriots and there are better options out there if they really want another WR4 or 5.

    Good luck to him in SD.

  11. Glad he chose San Diego.

    We still root for him in Buffalo but going to New England would make him enemy #1. (Looking at you Chandler)

    Good Luck Stevie!

  12. The guy is a perennial underachiever / ball dropping-machine who is more interested in self-promotion than in perfecting his craft. I am delighted that he is taking his act to SD (or anywhere other than New England).

  13. quote “Stevie is an excellent route runner”

    really? have you watched the guy???

    he is the epitome of a bad route runner, probably the only reason he had OK games against the island…

    he’s all over the board, QB’s don’t like that, his only chance to get 1000 yards again was with the Jets and his old buddy, the only guy who can find him on the field , the Amish BB gun

  14. Interesting……………….

    Nobody wants to go to New England. Maybe this is telling everyone something……….

    Just saying is all

  15. I would just like to say welcome to San Diego and congratulations in the up coming season.

  16. A very nice pick up by the chargers.We all know this kat is the best route runner in the league that you rarely hear about .And the rarely know about part is more an indictment on the system /who he played with.

    This is a nice sleeper pick come fantasy time.

  17. LOL!!! Another ” future Patriot !!! ” gone somewhere else. Again . Now comes the part where Stevie gets trashed by all of the Pats fans who were anointing him as the ” next Patriot” LOL!!!

  18. Once and always a buffalo bill, we hate the New England Patriots. Good choice Stevie wish the Bills would have called you back!!! Why So Serious? Lol

  19. He does get open, but he runs unorthodox routes. With the New England offense requiring such precise timing, he would not have been as productive even though Brady is unarguably the better quarterback. He’ll also be higher on the depth chart as a Charger.

  20. Good Luck to Johnson. #1 has a much better chance being the 2 receiver in San Diego. #2 Patriots have a very difficult offense to grasp. Many veterans Tori Holt Joe Galloway Ocho Cinco had problems adjusting. This was the better move for him.

  21. He wouldn’t have been a good fit with the Patriots anyway.

    Stevie has always needed the freedom to freelance his routes (people saying he’s a “good route-runner” are nuts – he’s a terrible route-runner in the traditional sense) in order to get open, and the head-fakes and shimmies when releasing from the line wouldn’t have worked in NE’s super timing-heavy offense.

    He’ll always be a better fit in a place with somewhat more freedom offered to the receivers, like San Diego and Buffalo, as opposed to SF or NE.

  22. I woudnt go over the top criticizing the Pats receiving corps, they won the Super Bowl without Steve Johnson. It is the game planning and no matter, short, tall, big or small WR, NE PATS will game plan without Johnson. Ramble on.

  23. I woudnt go over the top criticizing the Pats receiving corps, they won the Super Bowl without Steve Johnson. It is the game planning and no matter, short, tall, big or small WR, NE PATS will game plan without Johnson. Ramble on.

  24. Was hoping he’d pick New England, but at least this article is bringing a fresh batch of tears from the haters for us to enjoy.

  25. Revis, Vareen, Wilfolk, Harvin, Johnson all went for more money and the Patriots had to pay more than they wanted to sign McCourty. I suspect Bush and Fairley did as well. Interesting that not one of those players went to a team with a top ten chance to make the Super Bowl. Despite Revis, Ayers, Casillas, and Vareen’s ability to cash out with big deals after showcasing their talents with NE, guys are taking the bird in the hand instead of that potential upside.

    Guys never tell the truth when asked why they made the decision they did but I would be interested in how Belichick perceives his inability to convince these guys to comes to the Patriots.

  26. Johnson, who is 1-8 lifetime against the Patriots, opted to sign with San Diego who hasn’t beaten Tom Brady in ten years to be the #3 WR, and #4 option if you count Antonio Gates.

    Sounds like a solid business decision in line with the rest of Johnson’s career.

  27. Johnson is a WR3-5 on the Patriots. Pats very likely wanted to pay him accordingly and obviously he thought otherwise and went elsewhere. Hard to blame him I guess.

    Like I said, not a pressing need for the World Champions. No loss.

  28. If this is 2012, then, as a Charger fan, I’m really excited about the addition of SJ…

  29. “And I’ll guarantee the Patriots never win another ring with Tom Brady”

    The Patriots, like all NFL teams, have a 1 in 32 chance of winning the super bowl, which is about about a 3% chance.

    In 14 years Brady has won it 4 times which equals a 29% super bowl winning ratio, and just missed by a last minute drive 2 more times which would have increased his winning % to almost 45%.

  30. buffal0s0ldier says: Mar 17, 2015 11:30 AM

    He stayed in his home state, instead of being a traitor and going to the enemy.

    Glad I don’t have to burn my jersey now.

    And I’ll guarantee the Patriots never win another ring with Tom Brady…I bet the Chargers get closer than them this year.
    —————

    Hot Take Alert.

    38 year old QB with 4 Super Bowls wont win another. Guaranteed.

    I will take that Chargers/Pats bet though.

  31. Fireeyes## Before you call people nuts i think you need to take a look in the mirror. One thing that makes of a good WR outside of great hands… is can he routinely get OPEN .And man can this kat do just that, Just ask Revis island.

    Btw… this show how little you know about football. in order for any WR to get off properly his route, He needs to head fake and to shimmie( especially if the DB is NOT playing off) .
    These moves aren’t just delegated to Johnson, just go take a look at the greats when giving lessons on how to attack a DB.

  32. Actually, I think Johnson made the safest decision. With the Chargers he is almost guaranteed significant playing time with a pretty good QB on a competitive team. With the Patriots he’d face an uncertain future. Would he be able to pick up the Patriots offense and replace Amendola? What if the Patriots go to more of a three TE set with Gronk, Chandler and Wright? The Chargers offer contained many “knowns”. The Patriots offer contained many “unknowns”.
    .

  33. humb0lt says:
    Mar 17, 2015 11:32 AM
    Welcome to San Diego Stevie. Congratulations. Philip Rivers is the best QB you have ever played with
    – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – —

    well he does have a lot of completions, unfortunately about 75 of those have been to the opposing team the past 5 years…….but at least he throws a catchable ball.

  34. He must have visited last weekend when it was a nice 9 degrees. In the middle of March!

    Good signing, can’t wait to see how Rivers uses him.

  35. Anytime we get in a bidding war, we lose. Who are we saving our $ for? If Edelman suffers another concussion, our O will b in trouble.

  36. It’s getting well known that the Pats use players like meat and throw it out when they feel like it. Seymore to Wilfork. Players would rather go someplace where they’re still considered humans.

  37. Wow, obsess about the Patriots much? This is an article about an average WR that decided to play in San Diego instead of New England. Yet the comments turn it into a loss for the Patriots? Who cares that Stevie Johnson isn’t going to New England? That organization will figure something out and trust me it will be better than adding someone like Stevie Johnson

  38. ^
    The guy had 1k yards and 10-7-6 TD years when he played full seasons and was in game plan.

    Go ahead and play down all the players that visit / leave W/O a contract.

    Swing and a miss! Next batter up !

  39. Sorry Pats fans, it’s over. 12/14 years as AFC EAST Champs? What a laughable division. The Pats were a product of how lousy their division was and never had their back against the wall. They will now. A little competition within’ the division…consistently, changes everything. Pats have been getting away with it for so long in a weak Conference and division, only having to win 2 games to reach the Super Bowl…all the while…cheating. IT’S OVER.

  40. So Johnson is getting 10.5 M for 3 years plus a chance to be WR2.

    No thank you. I’m glad the Patriots passed on that. 🙂 Looks like a win win to me.

  41. “And I’ll guarantee the Patriots never win another ring with Tom Brady”

    —-

    Sadly… wishful thinking just doesn’t make it so. 🙂

  42. LOL…how long have people been saying IT’S OVER for the Pats. You people are hilarious. Do some research, AFC East has one of the highest winning percentages against teams outside their division in the last 14 years.

  43. Looks like players are starting to get as sick of the Pats as the fans. Fans are tired of the cheating and the garbage of thinking they actually WON the Super Bowl when they got handed a gift. I grew up watching the Pats be a joke and I’m going to enjoy that big heaping circle of karma when they stink again

  44. Patriots must have told him never mind.. Nobody in their right mind would choose the dolts over the Patriots. Championship pedigree vs. perennial losers? Do the math Stevie Nicks…

  45. pbeddoe says: Mar 17, 2015 3:12 PM

    Patriots must have told him never mind.. Nobody in their right mind would choose the dolts over the Patriots. Championship pedigree vs. perennial losers? Do the math Stevie Nicks…

    —————

    Honestly Stevie did the right thing for him.

    And the Patriots did the right thing saying no to 3/10.5M for a guy who was never going to sniff anything above a WR3 role in New England. I didn’t realize that’s what it would have taken to get him so saying no was a no brainer.

    Business decisions like this are one reason why teams have 14-years-and-no-end-in-sight runs of dominance 🙂

  46. These wishful-thinkers are yet again pronouncing Patriots’ demise. Such short memories. Barely 6 months fools said the dynasty is over, Brady is done etc. Still too dumb to learn your lesson guys? Pats is done because they did not sign this Stevie? Man… you should cringe to hear yourself think. So Pats lost a lot of their players. Teams pay big money to sniff Patriots’ greatness. Great for players. They never want for money once they get the Pats brand on them. Poor BB will just dig through the bargain bins right? It’s a ritual. There’s always a Malcom Butler down there at the bottom. It’s a given.

  47. Patriot haters are delusional.

    You guys said for years the Pats would never win a Superbowl with Brady, then it happens and your response is they’ll never win a Superbowl with Brady?

    Luckily the play the game on the field and not in the forums.

  48. I thought it was odd that the Patriots were interested at all. He Ryan’s weird routes. The Patriots offense is tough to learn & depends on precise routes & the receiver & Brady knowing each other. Brady would have frozen him out after the first game of him being in the wrong spot.

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