Bills to add WRs Beasley, Brown, sources say

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The Buffalo Bills intend to sign former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley and former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown, sources told ESPN.

Beasley will sign a four-year contract worth $29 million with $14.4 million guaranteed at signing, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by NFL Network. Brown will receive a three-year, $27 million deal, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by Adam nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The signings of Brown and Beasley will address another position of need for the Bills’ offense, which ranked 30th in the NFL last season. Buffalo is also expected to sign deals with running back Frank Gore, tight end Tyler Kroft and center Mitch Morse when free agency officially opens Wednesday.8

Brown, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the 2014 combine, adds much-needed speed to Buffalo’s offense. Beasley projects to play in the slot for the Bills, who lacked a consistent option for that role last season.

Bills wide receivers finished last season with 1,989 receiving yards, the fourth fewest in the NFL. That group was initially led by Kelvin Benjamin alongside 2017 second-round pick Zay Jones, but Benjamin was released in December so Buffalo could give more playing time to a younger and faster player, undrafted rookie Robert Foster.

Beasley, 29, developed into one of the NFL’s better slot receivers with the Cowboys, and he has an ability to find soft spots in zone coverages while also possessing elite quickness that makes him difficult to match up in man-to-man coverage.

Brown, 28, showed flashes of being one of the best deep threats in the NFL in his only season with the Ravens. Brown, Mike Evans and Tyreek Hill were the only receivers in the league to produce at least 700 receiving yards, five touchdown catches and an average of 17 yards per catch.

Beasley joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and worked his way up to become one of their more valuable receivers by his second season. Working mostly out of the slot, Beasley has caught 319 passes for 3,271 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career.