Ranking the 5 worst contracts in Buffalo Bills’ franchise history

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4. Rob Johnson (5 years, $25 million)

One of the biggest reasons for the Buffalo Bills’ playoff drought over the years was the fact that they couldn’t find that franchise quarterback like Josh Allen or Jim Kelly. The last quarterback to start a playoff game for the Bills prior to Tyrod Taylor in 2017, was Rob Johnson.

The start was certainly controversial as Doug Flutie was playing very well towards the end of that regular season but Johnson played great in the final game of the regular season in place of Flutie, who was resting in the final game. The team would elect to stick with Johnson against the Tennessee Titans and unfortunately come up short.

That game against the Colts was really the only shining moment of a disappointing run in Buffalo for Rob Johnson. The Bills traded for Johnson in 1998 after he was primarily a backup with the Jacksonville Jaguars and signed him to a five-year deal shortly after that trade.

He would play only 30 regular-season games over four seasons in part to injuries but also inconsistent play. He had only one season where he played more than 10 games and would finish his career with Buffalo with a 9-17 record as a starter.