Johnson’s addition comes after the Bills thought they had reached a deal with Washington running back JD McKissic last week. McKissic, however, backed out of the deal to re-sign with Commanders – a development that left Bills general manager Brandon Beane furious.
“It was tough. Obviously he was a guy we were targeting, and in this business usually when you have a deal it’s good,” Beane said last week. “But until there’s ink on the paper…
“There were things that happened with the other organization, which is painful, but they chose to do what they did, and I couldn’t stop it. Once you have a deal, the agent is supposed to say it’s over And that The agent did it And that agent told the other club it’s over But the other club did not back down.”
The Bills clearly had a role in mind for McKissic, likely on third downs. Johnson will now have the chance to fill that spot behind Devin Singletary and Zack Moss.
His likely addition comes at the same time the Bills lost a running back, as Matt Breida signed with the New York Giants after a year at Buffalo.
Breida played nine games with the Bills last year. He had 125 yards and a rushing touchdown on 26 carries. He added 72 more receiving yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. Breida told reporters in New York that former Bills offensive coordinator and new Giants head coach Brian Daboll was a big part of the reason he decided to sign with the team.