Stevie Johnson wants Darrius Heyward-Bey in Buffalo

AP

The Raiders said goodbye to wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on Tuesday and it hasn’t taken long for someone to start wooing him to a new team.

Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he wants Heyward-Bey to make the trip across the country to become part of the offense in Buffalo. Johnson’s sales pitch centered on Heyward-Bey not having to do as much in the Bills offense as he was asked to do in Oakland.

“Tell DHB come be a Bill,” Johnson said. “He was stepping into that role of playmaker for his team. With me opposite him the game will be simplified a ton so he can ball out. Not that I think he needs that wide receiver opposite him anymore, but given the situation I think it’ll benefit us all.”

Barring any more fun with phones, Johnson doesn’t have any actual ability to sign Heyward-Bey so his opinion hardly constitutes interest on the Buffalo end. That said, the Bills do need to improve at receiver (and quarterback, for that matter) and Heyward-Bey’s speed could make him a good match with the shorter routes that Johnson has favored in the past.

30 responses to “Stevie Johnson wants Darrius Heyward-Bey in Buffalo

  1. The Eagles could find a spot maybe on special teams for Darrius. Currently we’re stacked at WR. Chip Kelly is on fire.

  2. Effort has never been an issue with DHB, unrealistic expectations were the biggest problem in Oaktown. Just remember back to the shocked look on his face when he was drafted so high by Al.

  3. Ravens should sign DHB… Then have an all-Terrapin receiving group with Torrey Smith and Laquan Williams.

    They can all their passing game… “the Tortoise and the AIR!

  4. Hell..I want him in Pittsburgh, yeah I know call me crazy but he’s no worse then Wallace..and he’s had awfull. QBs in his 4-5 years in Oakland

  5. Doesn’t matter how many great receivers a team can have if they don’t have anyone to throw them the ball.

  6. Oh Stevie, don’t you realize your GM is Snuffleupagus?!? Nothing is going to happen in Free Agency for the Bills. Nothing! It’s like an autistic person afraid to get on an escalator, while everyone else just goes about it. Losing Levitre was absolutely pathetic. It’s not like he scored some outrageous contract. Bills are looking at 2-14 pretty hard.

  7. allnflfan says: Mar 13, 2013 10:29 AM

    Oh Stevie, don’t you realize your GM is Snuffleupagus?!? Nothing is going to happen in Free Agency for the Bills. Nothing! It’s like an autistic person afraid to get on an escalator, while everyone else just goes about it. Losing Levitre was absolutely pathetic. It’s not like he scored some outrageous contract. Bills are looking at 2-14 pretty hard.

    Actually, what Levitre received was a HUGE contract! He is a Guard, not a Tackle or Center. He can be replaced much cheaper. I did enjoy having Levitre on the team, but I think I would have been more mad at Nix if he signed him to as big of a contract as the Titans did.

  8. great work ethic, very hard working and very fast.
    biggest issue is catching passes away from the body. it hasn’t “clicked” and i think its safe to say that it won’t if it hasn’t already. he’s a serviceable 3rd/4th receiver but you’d need a really accurate passer. i think he’d still be with the raiders if not for his $7m price tag. that would have made him 3rd highest paid player behind palmer and seymour, if both would be retained (i highly doubt)

  9. As a Raider fan I really pulled for DHB to find success in Oakland. He is really a great guy and does put in the work that is required. You also never hear anyone bad mouth him at all.

    However there are time when DHB can’t catch a cold standing barefoot outside in Alaska. Too many times the pigskin went from two hands and two numbers to the turf.

  10. Heyward-Bey is a bust relative to his draft position, but his drop rate went from over 35% as a rookie to under 13% last season, and he got better at breaking tackles. He’s worth a look.

  11. Heyward-Bey is a bust relative to his draft position, but his drop rate was under 13% last year, and he started showing the ability to break tackles. He’s worth a look.

  12. Well Raider fans, once again, the 49ers won that WR battle between Crabtree and Darius. There was a lot of bantering and trash talking between fans about who got the better receiver, and if they were busts. Now we know the results. Crabtree, with all his faults of being a crybaby diva, is the better receiver and is playing for a better organization in a better city. OK, our stadium is currently worse than Mt Davis.

  13. DHB has turned into a solid WR in the league. I’m curious to see bow he would perform on a contender.

    As a Raiders fan, I wish him the best. It wasn’t his fault Al fell in love with his height/weight/speed.

    I hope he does well.

  14. When the raiders drafted him, they knew he was a project that would take two to three years to develop. Comparisons were made to Cliff Branch. So it makes complete sense that the raiders paid him big bucks to develop him, only to cut him after the fact. My only concern with DHB, is he has already been taken off the field a couple of times on a stretcher.

  15. I can’t believe I’m hearing this.Bey is a kid that hit the lottery 4 yrs ago, hence the deer in headlights look when senile al wasted the Raiders 7th overall pick on this stone mason. Unfortunately, I didn’t see his expression the 1st time for I had rolled off the couch and thudded on the floor when Goodell pronounced the “D”.
    $$

  16. I can tell any Bills fans reading down this far exactly what they would get with DHB: a fast, hard-working, nice guy who is simply not a natural football player and never will be. His hands are mediocre at best, and in four seasons I never once saw him make a play on the ball. If it’s thrown straight at his hands, he’ll probably catch it, but if he has to outfight a CB? Forget it.

  17. Notice how his production went up the last two years with Palmer at the helm maybe he just needed a QB that could throw decent to develop. What I wanna see is him line up opposite AJ Green in Cincy.

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