He’s been working out in L.A. this offseason where he’s run into other NFL players and if he’s talking to a prospective free agent Stevie Johnson has been making his Buffalo pitch.
Appearing on NFL Network on their NFL AM show Wednesday morning, Johnson was asked who he’s tried to recruit to sign in Buffalo. The Bills top wideout admitted he tried to land some big time receiving talent. Unfortunately one re-signed with his current team while the other didn’t sound receptive to the idea of playing in Buffalo.
“I was trying to get Bowe to come and he ended up re-signing,” said Johnson. ”I ran into (Greg) Jennings and I was like, ‘Man dog c’mon.’ But he said he wants to be in warm weather or stay in Green Bay.”
Jennings is rumored to be a target for Miami knowing head coach Joe Philbin previously worked with him in Green Bay.
Johnson also talked to another impending free agent receiver that is coming off a 51-catch season in St. Louis and was listed in our WR free agency preview on Buffalobills.com.
“I tried to get a few guys. I talked to my boy Brandon Gibson, who is in St. Louis,” said Johnson. ”He’s a stud, and Dashon Goldson, I talk to him a lot. Anybody is good enough to come to Buffalo and turn things around because we’ve got guys in place. Maybe we’re missing that one extra guy or two guys, but I think if we can grab just one big name in free agency we’ll be alright.”
Gibson is 6’0″ and 205 pounds, and only lacks the pull away speed after the catch.
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It’s long been speculated that Green Bay WR Greg Jennings will hit the free agent market this offseason come mid-March. Now with news that he’s put his suburban Green Bay home on the market, the speculation will only grow.
Jennings, 29, has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons, and only played in eight games in 2012. The Packers front office has been known to let star players move on. Packers GM Ted Thompson has subscribed to the approach that it’s better to let a player go a year too early, than a year too late. Plus they have plenty of younger receiver talent on hand in Green Bay.
Whether Bills GM Buddy Nix is looking to add a receiver via free agency remains to be seen. Nix went on the record with our own John Murphy as saying he believes the receiver class to be a strong one, particularly in the Rounds 2-4 area. Whether Nix and his personnel staff believe they can find a big time outside receiver that would allow them to move Stevie Johnson into the slot in the draft is a question only they can answer.
What Jennings does offer is familiarity with the principles of Nathaniel Hackett’s system, having run a similar version under head coach Mike McCarthy, who coached under Hackett’s father Paul at Pitt. He’s also a proven outside receiver.
Money will certainly be a major factor. With Jennings knowing at age 29, it’s likely to be his last kick at big money in free agency, he and his agent will presumably be looking to land the biggest money deal possible.
Tags: Buddy Nix, Greg Jennings, NFL free agency, Stevie Johnson
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