The New England Patriots’ wide receiver position currently stands 10 deep, but the organization isn’t finished adding to the depth chart just yet.
According to NBC4’s Dianna Marie Russini, the Patriots are targeting former Buffalo Bills wideout Stevie Johnson in free agency, after agreeing to terms with another former Bill in tight end Scott Chandler on Friday.
The 28-year-old Johnson, revered as one of the league’s best route-runners, will visit the Patriots on Monday.
A Bills seventh-round pick in 2008, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Kentucky product went on to spend six seasons in Buffalo, posting three consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns through 2012, with his best campaign yielding 82 receptions for 1,072 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010.
Johnson joined the San Francisco 49ers this past season, and proceeded to catch 35 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns. He played in 13 games for San Francisco, starting one, before being released on Wednesday.
New England’s interest in Johnson – who’s amassed 32 receptions for 421 yards and four touchdowns over nine contests against them – arrives after fellow wideouts Brian Tyms, Brandon Gibson and Kevin Dorsey were signed earlier in the week.
Another pass-catcher, slot target Danny Amendola, restructured his contract with the team on Thursday.