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Report: Bills won’t play tag with Stevie Johnson

Darrelle Revis,  Steve Johnson AP

The Buffalo Bills and receiver Stevie Johnson continue to be far apart on negotiations.  But if the team and the player can’t worked out a deal to replace a rookie contract that expires at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 13, Johnson will be permitted to hit the open market.

Rodney McKissic of the Buffalo News recently reported that the Bills won’t use the franchise tag on Johnson.  Doing so would require the Bills to extend to Johnson a one-year contract worth roughly $9.4 million.

And so Johnson would join a deep class of unrestricted free agent wideouts, which will include (barring the franchise tag and/or a new contract) DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Brandon Lloyd, Laurent Robinson, Mario Manningham, Josh Morgan, Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal, Steve Smith (Eagles), and Wes Welker.

In other words, Randy Moss picked the wrong year to unretire.

Johnson has been solid for the Bills, even though he has committed a couple of high-profile drops and has gotten himself flagged for some foolish touchdown celebrations.  He gave Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis fits this year, which would make him attractive to one of the other two teams that play the Jets twice per season.

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42 Responses to “Report: Bills won’t play tag with Stevie Johnson”
  1. firerogergoodell says: Feb 22, 2012 8:16 PM

    Stevie Johnson, come on down!…to Minnesota

  2. mrbigass says: Feb 22, 2012 8:17 PM

    And in other news, Warren Moon’s ex-wife was playing “tag” by having sex in public with her boyfriend and was arrested.

    Film at eleven……..

  3. gottapoop says: Feb 22, 2012 8:21 PM

    What about Dwayne Bowe? He is on that list too. You only missed one of the top 3 FA WR in this years list.

  4. rajbais says: Feb 22, 2012 8:23 PM

    Randy did pick the wrong year, but hitting the bank??????

  5. faulkana says: Feb 22, 2012 8:25 PM

    Stevie is a moron. Doesn’t care about hurting his team with penalties. A team that needs all of the help it can get.
    The only thing worse than a diva WR, is a wanna-be diva receiver.
    And who calls themselves, “Stevie”, after they turn 7 years old?
    I’ll take Moss, thanks.

  6. nationalmediacansuckit says: Feb 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    Jags have more money than they know what to do with. Stevie, it’s time to come to the sunshine in Jax and get paid brotha.

  7. gottapoop says: Feb 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    And you also forgot Mike Wallace

  8. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 22, 2012 8:28 PM

    Collectively Bears nation is salivating. As well as Cutler. Elsewhere Jerry Angelo would probably be looking for a backup running back, instead he’s looking for a job.

  9. tombradyallday says: Feb 22, 2012 8:29 PM

    yeah dont play tag, play manhunt much better

  10. bobothegreatest says: Feb 22, 2012 8:35 PM

    Why so serious?

  11. cheapseater says: Feb 22, 2012 8:35 PM

    Jaguars want him, need him, and have the money to take him. Done deal.

  12. tomcous says: Feb 22, 2012 8:41 PM

    Wouldn’t that also make him attractive to the Jets? …

  13. upyoursnfu says: Feb 22, 2012 9:00 PM

    Man, why god got to do him like that?

  14. buffalomafia says: Feb 22, 2012 9:01 PM

    Cheap ass Ralph Wilson! Nobody wants to play in Buffalo! Its less than mediocre here!

  15. emmac13 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:04 PM

    Good for Cleveland. Maybe we can get one. Maybe…

  16. buffalomafia says: Feb 22, 2012 9:06 PM

    Cheap ass Ralph Wilson! Nobody wants to play in Buffalo! Less than mediocre team!

  17. empireredd says: Feb 22, 2012 9:07 PM

    It’s hard being a bills fan

  18. smitty012 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:09 PM

    Griffin to Johnson….. Go Browns !!

  19. polishkingski says: Feb 22, 2012 9:38 PM

    stevie j is a solid wr but a fran tag at almost 10 mil? you kidding me? i hope he stays cuz he`s allot of fun to watch but buffalo NEEDS to spend the coin wisely. other needs superseed paying him that much. how about laying out dough to a o-line guy that will last longer and is a far wiser investment?

  20. catquick says: Feb 22, 2012 9:49 PM

    there are at least 6 names mentioned that I would pay franchize tag money to befor Johnson. He’s pretty good, but not 9 mil good. Fitz tossed to him for 2 years on the side, so it may well be Fitz made him and another QB won’t have the same good fortune. Do you see Welker getting 124 grabs with the Browns? Chiefs? Skins, etc?

  21. cannonballdookie says: Feb 22, 2012 9:55 PM

    If they signed Manningham and Vincent Jackson, that would more than make up for his loss. In a more realistic realm though, I’d like to see them add one of the top WR’s, be it Jackson, Bowe, Lloyd, or someone else.

  22. vikescry1 says: Feb 22, 2012 10:18 PM

    @catquick yes i see welker getting 124grabs with the brown and any other team he would play for. cuz even though most say roddy white, megatron and fitgerald are the best in the league, welker is a beast. ok maybe not 124 grabs but in reality 110.

  23. rogerbrad says: Feb 22, 2012 10:40 PM

    I’d like him lined up with Andre Johnson…

  24. majbobby says: Feb 22, 2012 10:53 PM

    Wait what part of “the team is not expecting to franchise tag” mean they will not tag him.

    Ever think Buffalo does not intend to use the Tag on him because they plan on signing him long term before FA.

    But again we need to continually twist words son people can call a hall of fame owner cheap at every chance they can.

    Look if it was not for Ralph Bills would have left Buffalo long ago.

  25. wwwmattcom says: Feb 22, 2012 10:56 PM

    Buffalo is playing this right.

  26. omegaichiban says: Feb 22, 2012 10:57 PM

    If Stevie would stop getting penalties from doing dumb isht and catch a few important, game winning passes…i’m sure the Bills would be happy to pay him, but who knows when he’s going to grow up?

  27. Matt Volk says: Feb 22, 2012 11:00 PM

    @vikescry1 Roddy White? I don’t think anyone says that about him.

  28. majbobby says: Feb 22, 2012 11:14 PM

    Oooo and another thing they are meeting with his agent on Friday. Also reports talks going well and ongoing. Stevie will be a Buffalo Bill in 2012. Bank it.

  29. billsfan1 says: Feb 22, 2012 11:21 PM

    if we lose him we are screwed. Not that some of the above listed players arent as good but can we be sure Colsten is who he is without brees? idk.

    anyways why would they want to come to Buffalo, hell even winter didnt want to come to Buffalo this year….

  30. kevinb73 says: Feb 22, 2012 11:21 PM

    Welcome to Tampa Bay Stevie!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!

  31. whodeybytches says: Feb 22, 2012 11:23 PM

    LOVIN IT…….. Only since last year, I’ve HATED the bills because off the jackass fans that completely harassed my parents and girlfriend right in front on me while walking downtown. Took everything. I had not to start swinging. Not only that, but the IDIOTS, and NO JOKE, literally told us to go back to CINCINNATI, when they were actually in the city of CINCINNATI haha. Well we beat them, so o hope u guys like sloppy seconds with ur ALMOST franchise quarterback Cryin Bytchpatrick who INSTANTLY started to show his true colors when u guys flashed money in his face. Once again………LOVIN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. cappa662 says: Feb 22, 2012 11:37 PM

    That’s the Bills for you. Operating in the cheap, again.

    Come down to the Bears!!!!!!!!!! Would rather have Mike Wallace or Vincent Jackson, but would gladly settle on Stevie Johnson!!!!!!!!

  33. noahbird says: Feb 22, 2012 11:47 PM

    Fins wr2 please.

  34. japdouds says: Feb 22, 2012 11:59 PM

    gottapoop says: Feb 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    And you also forgot Mike Wallace
    ==============================
    No, Wallace is a RESTRICTED free agent and this list of unrestricted receivers shows why the talk of some team giving up a 1st round pick for him is ridiculous.

    Why pay Wallace a bunch of money and send Pittsburgh a #1 pick when you can just sign Desean Jackson pr Marques Colston and keep your draft picks?

  35. maximusprime107 says: Feb 23, 2012 5:02 AM

    this guy is the worst and his antics don’t live up to his play, he is also a huge scumbag who head hunted Eric Berry in the first game of the 2011 season

  36. EJ says: Feb 23, 2012 7:57 AM

    whodeybytches says:
    Feb 22, 2012 11:23 PM
    LOVIN IT…….. Only since last year, I’ve HATED the bills because off the jackass fans that completely harassed my parents and girlfriend right in front on me while walking downtown. Took everything. I had not to start swinging. Not only that, but the IDIOTS, and NO JOKE, literally told us to go back to CINCINNATI, when they were actually in the city of CINCINNATI haha. Well we beat them, so o hope u guys like sloppy seconds with ur ALMOST franchise quarterback Cryin Bytchpatrick who INSTANTLY started to show his true colors when u guys flashed money in his face. Once again………LOVIN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Do you think ya hit the bottle of jack a little too hard before posting this comment? My 9 year old son makes more sense while he talks in his sleep.
    Oh yeah, McDonald’s called, they want their slogan back.

  37. wwwmattcom says: Feb 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    I wouldn’t miss him. Fitzpatrick madestars out of David Nelson, Scott Chandler, Roosevelt and Hagan started to look promising towards the end of the season. With Marcus Easley returning it might just be easier to find a gem in the 7th round again vs paying a distraction. Stevie is not a deep threat and does not have top speed and proved he can drop balls. He is not a number 1 receiver and shouldn’t be paid what his ego thinks he is worth. Get your head out of the sand Stevie.

  38. wwwmattcom says: Feb 23, 2012 8:23 AM

    I forgot about Donald Jones and Roscoe Parrish. Buffalo please make sure we keep Roscoe. That guy has speed. If he could just stay healthy.

  39. cali49er707 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:39 AM

    time to come back home to the BAY stevie

  40. EJ says: Feb 23, 2012 10:39 AM

    The Bills and Stevie Johnson’s agent meet tomorrow, so he will be signed by the weekend.

    Buddy Nix is not going to let Stevie go. He knows that Fitzpatrick and Johnson have a connection. He also knows what would happen to ticket sales if he lets the fan base down. That extra 2 million that they disagree on will be met.

  41. dtjano says: Feb 23, 2012 4:52 PM

    The only reason Buddy Nix should let him go is if he’s already trying for Matt Barkley next year. Don’t re-sign him o/u games Gailey lasts next year 10.

    Fitzpatrick made stars out of Chandler and Nelson? If Johnson isn’t re-signed they’ve got one NFL caliber WR on their roster in Nelson. On most teams he’s a 5th option.

  42. psychotim says: Feb 24, 2012 10:52 PM

    “faulkana says: Feb 22, 2012 8:25 PM

    And who calls themselves, “Stevie”, after they turn 7 years old?”

    Well, Mr. Wonder has done pretty decently as a Stevie.

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