Wide receiver John “Smokey” Brown is speeding his way to Buffalo on a three-year deal worth a reported $27 million.
Brown, 28, signed a one-year deal with the Ravens last offseason, betting on himself to score bigger in this year’s free agency market. In the end, he did just that.
Brown started 15 games for Baltimore last year, catching 42 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns. He got off to a torrid start, but his production dropped once quarterback Lamar Jackson took over under center.
With Joe Flacco, Brown caught 34 passes for 439 yards and four touchdowns. In eight games (including the playoffs) with Jackson, Brown had just 10 receptions for 128 yards and one score.
The Ravens and Brown both expressed a desire to stay together, but Brown’s style of play made him an attractive option in what was regarded to be a rather thin wide receiver market.
In Buffalo, Brown will partner up with Josh Allen and his big arm on what will presumably be a lot of deep balls.
The Ravens released veteran Michael Crabtree earlier this offseason. With Brown’s departure, Baltimore has Willie Snead IV, Chris Moore, Jaleel Scott, Jordan Lasley and Quincy Adeboyejo at wide receiver for the time being.