Eagles Add Free Agent Wide Receiver Johnson
Bethel Johnson...the newest Eagle.
Bethel Johnson...the newest Eagle.

Posted Mar 8, 2007

With Donte Stallworth's situation still up in the air, the Eagles made a minor move to bolster their wide receiving corps. The Birds signed free agent receiver Bethel Johnson to a one-year deal.

Bethel Johnson isn't the type of free agent that makes fans quiver at his signing. The Eagles are looking at him as a piece of the puzzle who can help out here and there, not necessarily become a go-to receiver. His signing comes at a time when the Eagles have some questions about wide receivers, since Donte Stallworth is a free agent being courted by other clubs. Johnson's signing doesn't rule out the Eagles pursuing other wide receivers through free agency.

The 28 year old Johnson was drafted by the Patriots in 2003 and spent three years in New England. The Patriots traded him to New Orleans, but he never played for the Saints. Instead, he reached an injury settlement and went on to sign with the Vikings last October. The Texas A&M grad has 39 career catches for 606 yards and four touchdowns. He has also returned 45 kickoffs for an average of 23.4 yards in his career. The Eagles may give him a shot at returning kickoffs for them, especially since their top kick returner Reno Mahe is also a free agent.

Johnson is known for his speed, but as his numbers suggest, he hasn't been a big part of anybody's offense during his relatively short career. The Eagles are unsure what to expect from Johnson, but felt he was worth a one-year deal and a look in training camp.

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