The Buffalo Bills nevertheless added a running back and agreed to terms with former Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns turning back Duke Johnson. He fits into Matt Breida’s roster, but can be more active than Breida on match days.
The move was reported by his agent and is a one-year deal.
He was eliminated by the Texans in late February 2021 and was unable to join a team during training camp and signed with the Jaguars’ practice squad in September. He spent ten days there before being released and joined the Dolphins’ training squad in October. On December 19, he was promoted and added to the active roster the next day, playing in the last four games.
It would be a surprise if this move was for more than the minimum for veterans.
Johnson had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 7 touchdowns for the Browns in 2017 and 820 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Texans in 2019, while achieving 7 yards per touch in 2018. If his skills can be used, he has a chance at make an impact, but that is no guarantee.
Previously in free agency, the Bills agreed to a deal with Washington RB JD McKissic, but he rejected them to re-sign in Washington. The commanders didn’t offer him a deal at first, but pushed hard after his deal with Buffalo.