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The Bills released WR John Brown, saving $7.9 million against the 2021 salary cap. Brown posted a career-best 72-1,060-6 line in his Buffalo debut in 2019 but missed 7 outings and saw his per-game numbers decline this past season. He turns 31 in April. The Bills have an in-house replacement in 2020 4th-rounder Gabriel Davis, who averaged 17.1 yards per catch and scored 7 times as a rookie. His numbers should take a nice leap forward this coming season. We projected Brown to be cut by the Bills, so there are no changes to the rankings.

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The Broncos promoted WR John Brown to the active roster. It looks like he'll play vs. the Raiders on Sunday after joining the team on Tuesday. We'd be surprised if Brown was ready for a significant role. He remains off the fantasy radar for now.

The Broncos signed WR John Brown to the practice squad. Brown, of course, couldn't find playing time in a relatively weak Raiders WR corps this summer. He's a poor bet for fantasy value in Denver, especially with WR Jerry Jeudy expected back soon.

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The Raiders have released WR John Brown at his request, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Brown was set to open the season no higher than 4th on Vegas' depth chart, behind Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards and Hunter Renfrow. We'll see where he lands, but the 31-year-old is clearly a long shot for fantasy value.

Adam Caplan reports that the Raiders have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR John Brown, worth up to $5.5 million. The Bills released the 30-year-old (31 in April) earlier this offseason in a cost-cutting move. Brown averaged a nice 14.5 yards per catch on 4.4 receptions per game over 2 years in Buffalo. Brown saw his numbers limited last year by knee and ankle injuries plus Stefon Diggs' hostile takeover of targets. With the Raiders, Brown carries upside at least into WR3 range for fantasy, which is where Nelson Agholor ranked in his rebound 2020 season (33rd in PPR points).

The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to release WR John Brown this offseason. It'd save the team $7.2 million against the 2021 cap. Brown turns 31 in April and missed 7 games this past season with calf, knee and ankle injuries. Buffalo has a ready-made replacement in WR Gabriel Davis, who was impressive on his way to a 35-599-7 line as a rookie. Highlight Davis as a sleeper in 2021 fantasy drafts.

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