Much of the talk regarding long-term contracts in Buffalo has centered lately on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. But another key player is poised to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Receiver Steve Johnson also is in the last year of his rookie contract, at a base salary of $1.2 million. According to WGR radio in Buffalo, the divide currently sits at more than $2 million per year.
With only one franchise tag to be used, the Bills need to at least get one of the two players signed, in order to use the franchise tag if necessary on the other.
Then again, using the tag on either player may not be ideal. For Fitzpatrick, the number would exceed $17 million for one year. For Johnson, it would be in the range of $10 million.
For Bills fans, having successful players is a good problem to have. But how the front office handles the situation will go a long way toward determining whether the players stay — and also whether enough cap space will be available to address other needs.