Free agent wide receiver Bryant Johnson visited with the Buffalo Bills today, underwent a physical and toured the team facilities. If Johnson is unable to iron out a deal with the Bills, he plans to visit Washington tomorrow.
The Bills are in desperate need of a big receiver and the 6-foot-3 Johnson fits the bill. Buffalo’s top four wide receivers last season were each under six-feet tall. Johnson has been a consistent No. 3 wideout for Arizona. In five seasons, he has 210 receptions, 2,675 yards and nine touchdowns, playing behind Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Johnson excelled between the hashmarks, which is an area the Bills struggled mightily in. Without a large presence to move the chains, the Bills passing game ranked 30th in the league at 164 yards per game.
In other news, free agent tight end Michael Gaines inked a deal with the Detroit Lions. The signing of a block-first tight end is a signal that the Lions are focused on improving their 31st ranked rushing game. The 6-3, 277 lb. Gaines is an extended offensive tackle, having never caught more than 25 passes in four seasons as a pro.
The contract is a four-year deal worth approximately 2.25-2.5 million per year (according to a league source). Last year Gaines set career highs in receptions (25) and yards (215) in his only season with the Bills. His departure isn’t exactly a surprise. It’s assumed that Buffalo will revamp its tight end position, where there really hasn’t been a vertical threat since Jay Riemersma caught 53 passes for 590 yards and three touchdowns in 2001. Mark Campbell, Robert Royal and Gaines among others haven’t been a major part of Buffalo’s passing game since then.
(The Scout NFL Experts contributed to this report.)
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