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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Johnson hopes to prove worthy of long-term gig

Matt Maiocco, The Press Democrat

Bryant Johnson picked an unlikely spot for a receiver to try to build up his career. He chose a team that has ranked 32nd, 29th and 32nd in passing yards the past three seasons. "I'm fired up to be part of this offense," Johnson said before packing his bags and leaving town recently at the end of the 49ers' organized-team activities.
Johnson was looking for a fresh start after five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He took a quick visit at the start of free agency to meet with the Buffalo Bills. There were reports out of Buffalo that Johnson and the Bills agreed to terms. But after being available on the market for another couple weeks, Johnson had to face the facts. He was not going to receive the kind of lucrative contract he sought.

"In the situation I was in (with the Cardinals), I wasn't a starter," Johnson said. "I feel I'm in a great situation to prove myself here and sign a long-term deal and finish my career here." When asked about his thoughts on eventually signing a long-term deal with the 49ers, Johnson said, "I think there's a possibility. It's all predicated on how I perform this year. Everything so far is positive." Johnson signed a one-year deal, $2 million deal with the 49ers on March 17. He received a $750,000 signing bonus, a base salary of $1 million and $250,000 in workout bonuses. Johnson said he felt comfortable signing with the 49ers because he is rejoining his former receivers coach, Jerry Sullivan, and also because of the Mike Martz factor. Receivers want to play in this pass-happy offense.

Johnson, 27, was a first-round pick of the Cardinals out of Penn State in 2003. Johnson (6-3, 213) has good size and speed. He averaged 18.5 yards per reception in his second NFL season. Johnson was always around 40 receptions with the Cardinals. Based on his role in the offseason program, Johnson looks to have a chance to be the 49ers' top wideout this season. He said he is looking forward to taking the lessons he learned playing behind Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald and applying them as potentially the No. 1 receiver with the 49ers. Johnson is slated to start at split end for the 49ers. "This is my first chance of being able to step in and not be overshadowed by Larry and Anquan," Johnson said. "Everybody wants to have the chance to be the go-to guy. But in the position I was in, I thought I did a good job when I was called upon to come in and not lose a beat. It was a learning experience to play behind two Pro Bowl receivers. Also, playing with Kurt Warner was great. He helped me tremendously." Johnson ranked third on the Cardinals last season with 46 receptions for 528 yards and two touchdowns. Combined, Fitzgerald and Boldin caught 171 passes for more than 2,200 yards and 19 touchdowns.
"I'm just going to have a lot more opportunity here, as opposed to just coming in on third downs or certain situations," Johnson said.

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