By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
63. John Brown – Signed by the Bills in 2019
The Bills might as well have put out a sign on the doors at New Era Field that read “Help Wanted” at the end of 2018. They had lost their bet on Kelvin Benjamin becoming a contributor to the team, cutting him in early December. Someone, preferably fast, was needed.
Free agency proved to be answer for Buffalo, bringing in someone with the nickname of “Smoke.” John Brown signed a three-year, $27 million deal. Brown had played for Pittsburg State, the alma mater of Bills’ punter Brian Moorman. He was drafted by Cardinals and had four good seasons there. Then it was on to Baltimore after signing a one-year deal in 2018. So he was available when the Bills called.
Brown led the Bills in receiving with 72 catches for 1,060 yards. Both of those numbers were the best of his career. He also had six touchdown catches, tied for the team lead. Brown was a great fit in Year One of his deal, and he’ll try to add to his legacy in the coming seasons.
John was fun to watch in his first year of the Bills:
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