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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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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