About 48 hours after Stevie Johnson re-signed with the Buffalo Bills for five years and $36.25 million, the team announced a second receiver inked an extension this week after Ruvell Martin agreed to a new contract.
Don’t go jumping off a bridge now, Bills fans expecting an upgrade to come in free agency. Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson reports Martin’s deal is for one-year and his potential return in no way, shape or form prohibits the Bills from searching for an attractive pass catching option on the open market come next Tuesday afternoon.
Martin caught seven passes for 82 yards in parts of 14 games for Buffalo last season. However, we highly suspect Martin was brought back more due to his special teams prowess than ability to be a consistent wide receiver.
As things stand, Martin is likely to compete with the likes of Donald Jones, Marcus Easley, Naaman Roosevelt, David Clowney and a few others for two or three roster spots in the summer after Johnson, slot guy David Nelson and presumably a free agent on the way in a starting role.
Free agent wide receiver Roscoe Parrish isn’t expected back next season.