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Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:17 pm
 
Johnson will be happy to hear that he's on the verge of singing a five-year deal. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

In the past few weeks, the Bills haven’t seemed totally interested in keeping No. 1 receiver Stevie Johnson in Buffalo. They said they wouldn’t franchise tag Johnson, probably because the organization doesn’t feel he’s worthy of a $9.4 million, one-year deal, and at times, it seemed as if the team might let him walk without getting anything back in return.

But apparently that’s not the case as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Sunday night that Johnson and the Bills are on the verge of finalizing a five-year contract that should be completed “in the next 24 hours.”

In our free agent wide receiver rankings, Johnson was in the No. 8 slot, and though he's topped 75 catches, 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in the past two seasons, he’s, at times, inconsistent and a celebration penalty-drawing nuisance.

So, you can understand why Buffalo might have been hesitant about signing him to a long-term deal.

For the record, however, Johnson plans on being more mature after catching touchdown passes from now on, saying he’s finished with scoring celebrations.

"But no matter what: I'm done with it,” Johnson said recently. “When I was doing my first couple seasons, I was just trying to be a relevant guy, you know? I think people are beginning to know who [No.] 13 is."

And now that Johnson is on the verge of signing his deal, it really is a Happy New Year for him after all.

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Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

13 is and always will be dan marino...
Only for the Dolphins since Marino is the best QB in Dolphins history



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:49 am
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

Not sure this is in the best interest. He is a head case. Will have to wait and see how much they sign him for. 



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:27 am
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

Let's just hope the Buffalo Bills are not going to get "cursed" for this signing like the one deal they did for Ryan Fitzpatrick last year. But in Ryan's defense, Fred Jackson's injury around that time didn't help matters much.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:23 am
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

Good receiver, loads of talent, but a head case.  If they can get him at a discounted price due to all the other available WRs this would be a good signing for the Bills.  He's talented, but you can't trust in this guy like you can Larry Fitzgerald or Andre Johnson.  Pay him his "worth", no more. 



Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:01 am
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

He's got butterfingers and a selfish attitude. He's a terrible candidate to hold the Bills #1 job for the next four years. Let him go.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:58 am
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

Don't do it Buffallo, don't sign him to a long term deal. He's a fruit cake. Franchise him this year, see if he can control himself, then if yes, do the long term deal.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:58 am
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

Don't do it Buffallo, don't sign him to a long term deal. He's a fruit cake. Franchise him this year, see if he can control himself, then if yes, do the long term deal.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:57 am
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

Don't do it Buffallo, don't sign him to a long term deal. He's a fruit cake. Franchise him this year, see if he can control himself, then if yes, do the long term deal.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:45 am
 

Report: Johnson, Bills close to a five-year deal

13 is and always will be dan marino...


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