Nov 8, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) runs with the ball after a catch against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders sign WR John Brown to 1-year deal

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Forever in search of more speed, the Las Vegas Raiders reportedly signed veteran wideout John Brown to a one-year deal on Wednesday.

NFL Network said the agreement was worth $3.7 million plus incentives that could push the total to $5.5 million.

The Buffalo Bills cut the 30-year-old receiver last week to clear nearly $8 million in salary cap space.

The Raiders lost their top WR last season, Nelson Agholor, to free agency.

Brown caught 33 passes for 458 yards and three touchdowns in nine games with the AFC East champions in 2020. He set career highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (1,060) in his first season with Buffalo in 2019, adding six touchdown grabs in 15 starts.

A third-round draft pick by Arizona in 2014, Brown has 320 career catches for 4,748 yards and 31 TDs in 96 games with the Cardinals (2014-17), Baltimore Ravens (2018) and Bills.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bills release WR John Brown, DL Quinton Jefferson

The Buffalo Bills cut wide receiver John Brown and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson on Wednesday, clearing more than $14 million in salary cap space.

Brown, 30, signed a three-year, $27 million deal in March 2019. His release saves $7.93 million in cap space and leaves $1.6 million in dead money.

Jefferson, 27, signed a two-year, $13.5 million deal in March 2020. His departure clears $6.5 million in cap space.

Brown caught 33 passes for 458 yards and three touchdowns in nine games with the AFC East champions in 2020. He set career highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (1,060) in his first season with Buffalo in 2019, adding six touchdown grabs in 15 starts.

A third-round draft pick by Arizona in 2014, Brown has 320 career catches for 4,748 yards and 31 TDs in 96 games with the Cardinals (2014-17), Baltimore Ravens (2018) and Bills.

Jefferson suited up for all 16 games last year with four starts, finishing with 23 tackles, six quarterback hits, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A fifth-round selection by Seattle in 2016, Jefferson has 82 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 55 games (28 starts) with the Seattle Seahawks (2016-19) and Bills.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bills activate WR Brown from COVID list

The Buffalo Bills activated wide receiver John Brown from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

Brown, previously activated from injured reserve, is set to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Brown has missed the past five games due to an ankle injury and time on the COVID-19 list.

The Bills also activated safety Josh Thomas and running back Christian Wade from the COVID list.

“COVID is COVID. Don’t know how predictable it is,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said Friday. “Good to have those guys back.”

The team also signed wideout JJ Nelson and CB Duke Thomas to the practice squad.

Brown has played in eight games (seven starts) with 29 receptions for 386 yards and two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bills’ McDermott: WR Brown will not play vs. Broncos

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown will not return to the field for Saturday’s road game against the Denver Broncos.

Bills coach Sean McDermott made the announcement Thursday on WGR 550 in Buffalo.

Brown, 30, was designated to return from injured reserve earlier this week.

The speedy wideout, who had been sidelined by a high-ankle sprain, has reeled in 29 receptions for 386 yards and two touchdowns in eight games this season. His production is down from last season, when he had 72 catches for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns.

Stefon Diggs, who leads the NFL in catches (100), will join Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis in serving as Josh Allen’s key targets for the Bills (10-3) in their game against the Broncos (5-8).

McDermott also noted that safety Jaquan Johnson will sit out his second straight game on Saturday. Johnson, 25, is nursing an ankle injury.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bills designate WR Brown for return from IR

Buffalo Bills wideout John Brown will return to practice this week after a high-ankle sprain knocked him out of the past three games.

The Bills designated Brown for return from injured reserve on Tuesday.

Brown, 30, suffered the injury in a Week 10 loss at Arizona.

In eight games (seven starts) this season, Brown has 29 catches for 386 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His production is down from last season, when he had 72 catches for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns.

The AFC East-leading Bills (10-3) are riding a three-game winning streak as they prepare to visit the Denver Broncos (5-8) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers (21) after making a catch in the fourth quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills place WR Brown, OL Ford on IR

The Buffalo Bills placed wide receiver John Brown (high-ankle sprain) and offensive lineman Cody Ford (knee/ankle) on injured reserve on Saturday.

Brown, 30, sustained the injury two weeks ago in a 32-30 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. He and his Bills teammates had a bye last week, but it was not enough time for him to recover from the sprain.

The Bills hope that Brown will miss only the minimum of three games, ESPN reported.

In eight games this season, Brown has 29 catches for 386 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His production is down from last season, when he had 72 catches for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns.

Ford started seven of eight games at guard in 2020. He sustained his injury in practice and will miss the rest of the season.

The Bills promoted Jake Kumerow from the practice squad to take Brown’s spot. Kumerow has appeared in two games with the Bills this season but has not recorded a catch. In 21 career games, 19 of which came with the Green Bay Packers, he has 20 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns.

Also moving up from the practice squad was linebacker Darron Lee, who made his debut in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Buffalo hosts the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive guard Cody Ford (70) walks off the field wearing a mask following the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills G Ford out for season; WR Brown out vs. Chargers

Buffalo Bills left guard Cody Ford will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn meniscus, coach Sean McDermott announced Friday morning on WGR 550.

Per McDermott, Ford was injured during practice this week. He was listed as limited due to an ankle injury on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Ike Boettger, 26, started in place of Ford in Buffalo’s 32-30 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 15.

Ford, 23, has started all seven games in which he has played this season and 22 of 23 career contests with the Bills (7-3).

McDermott also ruled out wide receiver John Brown for this Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Brown, who is nursing an ankle injury, has 29 receptions for 386 yards and two touchdowns in eight contests this season.

–Field Level Media