Since 2010, Stevie Johnson has emerged as one of the top wide receivers in the league for the Buffalo Bills after breaking the 1,000-yard mark in each of the last two seasons while totaling 17 touchdowns. While the Bills would love to bring back the former Kentucky standout for a fifth season in 2012, it looks like that may be more difficult than originally expected.
According to the Associated Press via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com, Johnson and the Bills are “far apart” when it comes to reaching an agreement on a new contract. The two sides would like to get a deal done before free agency kicks off on March 13 and considering the report claims the organization isn’t expected to use the franchise tag on their top wideout–there’s a good chance Johnson could end up hitting the open market in a few weeks.
If that does end up happening, that could mean bad news for the Bills considering there are plenty of teams out there looking to add depth at wide receiver and most likely would be willing to pay Johnson the type of money he’s looking for. Even if Buffalo did want to place the tag on Johnson, it would still be pretty costly as the tender for wideouts is expected to be around $9.6 million for the 2012 season.
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