Inside The Bills

Grass isn’t always greener for WRs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 18, 2012 – 9:51 am

We all know Stevie Johnson has expressed his desire to stay in Buffalo knowing a new deal must be struck between his camp and the Bills to return next season. Looking back at the recent history of wide receivers that have signed with the highest bidder instead of returning to a good on the field situation where they already were, one might be all the more inclined to re-sign with their current club.’s Todd Archer put together a nice rundown of wideouts that signed big money deals elsewhere after having success with their original clubs and never matched their previous production. Even former Buffalo wideout Peerless Price is listed. Here’s Archer’s rundown.

“Back in 1995, Alvin Harper was in a great position as the Cowboys’ No. 2 receiver opposite Michael Irvin but left to become the No. 1 receiver in Tampa Bay with a four-year, $10.6 million contract, which at the time was a large deal, and it never panned out. It never panned out for Peerless Price in Atlanta (seven years, $37.5 million) after he caught 94 passes for 1,252 yards from Drew Bledsoe. It didn’t work out for David Givens in Tennessee (five years, $24 million) in part because of injury. It didn’t work out for T.J. Houshmandzadeh in Seattle (five years, $40 million). A pair of trades didn’t work for Javon Walker (from Green Bay to Denver and a five-year, $40 million contract) or Deion Branch (from New England to Seattle and a six-year, $39 million deal). Branch was traded back to New England and it’s working out just fine once again because he fits with Tom Brady.”

Archer put this list together because Laurent Robinson, who said he would like to re-sign with the Cowboys, might also be lured away by another club with big money, but this list is something for Stevie Johnson to consider as well.

And in all fairness to Johnson, he himself has stated that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side so he at least appears to know the potential pitfalls that exist when one signs with another club.

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