The Buffalo Bills are close to re-signing unrestricted free agent wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, according to the team's general manager, Doug Whaley.
In an interview with The John Murphy Show on Tuesday evening, the titular host and Whaley were discussing the team's options for replacing their slot receiver of the past two seasons, Chris Hogan, who signed with New England last week. In rattling off the names of several players that could compete for Hogan's playing time, Whaley mentioned that the Bills are "really close" to bringing Hankerson back into the fold.
"Well, you look at Greg Salas," Whaley said of replacing Hogan. "He came in last year and stepped right in with less than probably a week of practice, and performed well there. You also get (Marquise Goodwin) back, you'll have Robert Woods healthy coming back, so we'll have a collection of guys that will be competing to take over for Chris Hogan."
When Murphy asked Whaley a question about whether or not Jarrett Boykin could factor into that mix, Whaley replied: "Absolutely. Him, and I think we're really close to getting a deal with Leonard Hankerson done, so we're going to have a collection of guys that have had some experience in the league, and have produced in the league, to try to step up."
Hankerson, 27, joined the Bills late in the 2015 regular season after being released by New England, and was active for the team's season finale win over the New York Jets. He logged 12 snaps of playing time in that game, but did not record a reception as the fourth receiver in the rotation behind Sammy Watkins, Hogan, and Salas.
As it stands today, Watkins and Woods are the Bills' projected starters at receiver - though that could change if the team finds a way to talk Percy Harvin into returning to the team - with guys like Salas, Goodwin, Boykin, and now, evidently, Hankerson competing for a smaller role in the rotation.