Race for Bryant Johnson Intensifies

Bryant Johnson visited with the Buffalo Bills today, took a physical and toured the team facilities. If he is unable to hammer out a deal with the Bills, he has one more visit on his itinerary with a third team rumored to be interested. Cardinalinsider.com reveals which teams are trying to swoop in on Johnson while the Cardinals' money is all tied up in Larry Fitzgerald.

If the Bills cannot come to terms with Bryant Johnson, a league source told Scout.com that he will visit the Washington Redskins next. The Tennessee Titans are also allegedly interested.

Additionally, as reported by Scout.com's Matthew Postins on Feb. 23, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also interested in Johnson.

Wherever Johnson ends up, he expects a bigger role in the offense.

"I want more opportunities to show my ability," Johnson said.

In 2007, Johnson caught 46 passes for 528 yards (11.5-yard average) and two touchdowns. Those modest stats are the result of playing behind two superstars, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

After five years in the league, Johnson (6'3", 213 pounds) could move to a team like the Bills that needs him for his size and soft hands. In Buffalo, Johnson could be a killer complement to the undersized but overwhelming Lee Evans.

The Redskins have a glaring need at receiver. The team lost veterans Brandon Lloyd, Keenan McCardell and Reche Caldwell this offseason.

The Redskins are taking their time in free agency, though.

"I think the first few days of free agency, the money's going to be crazy," executive vice president for football operations Vinny Cerrato told the AP last Thursday. "We've evaluated everything, and I don't see us doing much."

The Titans, meanwhile, are trying desperately to surround Vince Young with more talent. The team recenrly re-signed WR Justin Gage, but more reinforcements are needed.

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com. She has contributed to the official Web sites of several NFL players for Sixthman Communications.


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