AFC East: wide receiver


Chad Johnson is going to jail this summer for violating his probation. In the process, the former Pro Bowl receiver can probably kiss any last chance at the NFL goodbye.

Johnson’s antics got him in more trouble Monday. At what was supposed to be a routine court visit to clear up a “miscommunication,” according to Johnson, turned into a 30-day jail sentence after the judge didn’t think Johnson was taking the situation seriously.

Johnson entered a plea deal that initially didn’t require jail time. But the flamboyant receiver angered the judge by playfully patting his lawyer on the butt during the hearing, according to the Associated Press. Johnson apologized but still received a 30-day jail sentence.

If Johnson wanted to prove to NFL teams that he’s matured, he did a poor job of it Monday. The 35-year old couldn’t stop being a showman, even in a serious environment like the court of law. In turn, can a team trust Johnson to be serious on the football field?

Before violating probation I thought Johnson still had a small chance of getting an NFL call this summer. It only takes one team and a few injuries at wide receiver. But Johnson had virtually no margin for error.

Johnson not taking his court appearance seriously and going to jail for 30 days stepped over those boundaries. It would be surprising if we see Johnson in the NFL again after this latest incident.
The Buffalo Bills officially signed rookie wide receiver Robert Woods, the team announced Monday afternoon.

ESPN.com’s AFC East blog first reported on Sunday that both sides agreed to terms of a four-year contract. However, Woods was in Los Angeles this past weekend for the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere event and couldn’t sign until he returned to Buffalo. Woods signed the contract on Monday following the team’s organized team activities.

Woods is considered one of the most NFL-ready receivers from this year's draft. The USC product is the favorite to win a starting job opposite veteran receiver Steve Johnson.

Buffalo now has seven of their eight draft picks signed.
The Buffalo Bills nearly have their entire 2013 rookie NFL draft class under contract.

Buffalo reached a four-year agreement with second-round pick and rookie receiver Robert Woods, a source tells ESPN.com's AFC East blog. Woods was in Los Angeles for the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere this weekend, and is expected to sign the contract with Buffalo in the next few days.

Woods, a USC product, is considered one of the most NFL-ready receivers in this year's draft. He is the favorite to win the No. 2 receiver job in Buffalo opposite veteran Steve Johnson.

The Bills now have contract agreements with seven of their eight draft picks. First-round pick EJ Manuel, who was taken No. 16 overall, remains the only unsigned player from the 2013 class.

The Miami Dolphins appear just a day away from landing their most coveted free agent. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the "league-wide expectation" is that Miami will sign former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace when free agency begins on Tuesday.

Miami has been the favorite to land Wallace all along. The Dolphins have the cap room and are in desperate need for a No. 1 receiver and a deep threat. Wallace fills those roles.

Most expect Wallace's contract to be in the range of $11-$12 million per season. That’s a lot of coin, but it’s also the price of doing business with quality wide receivers. Dwayne Bowe recently signed a five-year, $56 million contract to stay with the Kansas City Chiefs. That is the bar Miami and Wallace are currently working with.

Is Wallace a lock for Miami? You can never be 100 percent sure with free agency until pen hits the paper. However, Miami signing the top receiver on the open market appears to be one of the safer bets this offseason.

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