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Report: Patriots 'very likely' to sign WR Stevie Johnson

New England is reportedly hosting and set to sign the former Bills pass-catcher.

A guy who once celebrated a touchdown against the Patriots by simulating New England's own End Zone Militia firing squad may get a chance to live the real thing in 2015.

According to NBC4 Washington sports anchor Dianna Marie Russini, former Bills and 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson is on a free agent visit with the Patriots on Monday and is "very likely" to sign with the team, possibly by the end of the day.

The 28-year-old Johnson is a veteran of seven NFL seasons, the first six in Buffalo before spending last year in San Francisco. The 6-2, 207-pound pass catcher had three straight 16-game, 1,000-yard seasons for the Bills from 2010-12. Johnson has 31 career touchdowns, including a career-high 10 in 2010.

But he was traded to the 49ers last offseason. He started just one of 13 games played in San Francisco, catching a mere 35 passes for 435 yards and three scores, his lowest output since 2009.

New England has already added to its wide receiver depth chart this spring by signing former Ram and Dolphins Brandon Gibson, while the team reached a restructured contract to retain Danny Amendola. The top contributors at the position – Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell – also return for 2015, while Aaron Dobson and Brian Tyms could once again vie for roles on the offense.

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