And Buffalo’s excellent offseason continues.
Today, the Bills announced that the team has re-signed WR Derek Hagan. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hagan came to the Bills with little fanfare late in the 2011 season, signed to fill a roster spot when the Bills lost nearly their entire receiving corps to injury. Hagan had been an NFL nomad previously, entering the league with Miami and making stops with the Giants and Raiders as well. He actually played against the Bills in 2011 as a Raider before Oakland released him halfway through the season.
It was likely the Bills weren’t expecting too much from Hagan in 2011, but to his credit Hagan made the most of his opportunity to play. Hagan hauled in 13 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown in four games. He started the season finale against New England and played very well, recording seven receptions for 89 yards. Hagan’s also don’t tell the whole story, as he showed the ability to be the deep threat the Bills so desperately need. At least twice in his four game stint Hagan beat his man and the safety downfield and Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick missed him for a wide open touchdown. A now-healthy Fitz will hopefully complete those throws in 2012.
This does add another body to Buffalo’s already-crowded wide receiver situation. Current Bills WRs include Stevie Johnson, Hagan, David Nelson, Donald Jones, Marcus Easley, Naaman Roosevelt, Ruvell Martin, David Clowney, Kamar Aiken, and you can also count Brad Smith in there. The competition for playing time and spots on the roster will be fierce in training camp.