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Free-agent Johnson an athlete

The Bills announced the signing of undrafted free agent safety Brett Johnson from the University of California. Johnson has the kind of athleticism that makes him very worthy of long-range prospect status. He played mostly special teams early in his career at Cal but started nine games as a junior and 12 of 13 games as a senior. He had one interception in 2009.

He set a Cal record for football players in the vertical jump with a leap of 42 feet, six inches in his pro-day workout. He also had an impressive long jump of 10 feet, 9 inches. Only one free-safety prospect in the draft did better in either category. That was Tennessee's Eric Berry, who was picked fifth overall by Kansas City in the first round. Berry had a 43-inch vertical jump and a 10-10 long jump. Johnson is the last of 15 undrafted rookies to agree to terms with the Bills. Buffalo's minicamp for rookies and first-year players will be held Friday through Sunday.

---Mark Gaughan



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