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Bills, Stevie Johnson expected to come to terms today

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The Bills and receiver Stevie Johnson appear to be ready to work out a deal on a long-term contract.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bills and Johnson are on the verge of a five-year contract that is likely to be completed today.

Schefter writes that the Bills and Johnson’s agent had a long negotiation session on Sunday and are hoping to finalize their agreement on Monday.

Johnson’s agent, C.J. LaBoy, said recently that he was optimistic after a very productive meeting with the Bills. It appears that he had reason for optimism.

After being nothing but a bit player in his first two seasons, Johnson burst onto the scene in 2010 and has now had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. In Week 17 Bills coach Chan Gailey benched Johnson for picking up a celebration penalty, and there was some talk that the Bills were so angry about Johnson’s antics that they would let him walk in free agency. But the 25-year-old Johnson is among the Bills’ best offensive playmakers, and they appear set to keep him in the fold for a long time.

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12 Responses to “Bills, Stevie Johnson expected to come to terms today”
  1. rip4gehrig says: Mar 5, 2012 8:31 AM

    Stevie must enjoy losing

  2. nflfollower says: Mar 5, 2012 8:32 AM

    All the talk about possibly letting him walk was a joke. It really doesn’t matter if you are a bit of a headcase in this league, if you make plays, you make $$$. It’s as simple as that, with this guy or desean Jackson other teams would be ligning up to sign them in free agency, and the bills and eagles both knew it. It’s a performance based league, if you are good enough you can piss people off and get away with it.

  3. baron30 says: Mar 5, 2012 8:33 AM

    perhaps nobody told stevie yet…per @StevieJohnson13 “All these “reports” are crazy, but I appreciate the positive energy. We will see what happens. No matter what I’m truly blessed.”

  4. itswallyg says: Mar 5, 2012 8:37 AM

    Good for Buddy Nix, Doug Whaley & Co.
    The Bills Brass haven’t been able to retain playmakers for the past decade, so locking up the best WR they’ve had since Eric Moulds goes a long way towards getting buy-in from the disgruntled fan base.

  5. illiniftw says: Mar 5, 2012 8:41 AM

    Thumbs up he wants more $$ before the 5 yr contract is up

    Thumbs down his play declines and he gets cut before the 5 yrs

    I wonder who the last player to actually finish a long contract without either side complaining/restructuring

  6. shif716 says: Mar 5, 2012 8:49 AM

    great news for Bills nation now go get vincent jackson or another elite receiver make a move for that peyton guy afc east could be wide open this year

  7. majbobby says: Mar 5, 2012 8:52 AM

    Press Conference at 10AM scheduled for Buffalo.

    THink the deal is done

  8. yanksbills says: Mar 5, 2012 9:00 AM

    Like I said. Let’s try and keep a guy in Buffalo who LIKES PLAYING IN BUFFALO.

    No more McGahees who trash the town on their way out. Moulds, Evans, Johnson. Couldn’t be more excited about this.

    Next up, Fred Jackson.

  9. broncobeta says: Mar 5, 2012 9:18 AM

    @yanksbills: “No more McGahees who trash the town on their way out. Moulds, Evans, Johnson. Couldn’t be more excited about this.

    Next up, Fred Jackson.”

    Yeah, let go of pro bowlers and resign divas who blame god for their short comings.

    Signing Fred Jackson is insanity. Fred Jackson is 31 and signed through the year. With C.J. Spiller on the roster, you would have to be high to pay Jackson. Sadly, that’s what Buffalo will do. Sadly, that’s why you haven’t smelled the playoffs, let alone a winning season, in years.

  10. bbking0420 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:51 AM

    Finally my Buffalo Bills are thinking!!! Hopefully they lock up Steve Johnson long term!! They should bring Lee Evans back in to the fold!! We also need a high profile DE to play alongside Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams!! We cannot afford to miss the playoffs again!!! I wouldn’t mind going out and signing safety laron landry from the Redskins as well!!! That man is a beast he would look great in a bills uniform! Go Bills , we will be in the playoffs this season!!!

  11. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 5, 2012 10:00 AM

    If the Buffalo Bills are serious about winning, they made the right decision. Stevie Johnson does have some maturity issues but with showing him that they value his play and want him in a Bills uni, I’m hoping that he discontinues trying to be like Chad Johnson. He’s a good receiver and you know Ryan Fitzpatrick loves the move. Hoping Buffalo now can challenge the Patriots and get back to being a strong organization.

  12. yanksbills says: Mar 5, 2012 12:32 PM

    @broncobetty

    “Yeah, let go of pro bowlers and resign divas who blame god for their short comings.

    Signing Fred Jackson is insanity. Fred Jackson is 31 and signed through the year. With C.J. Spiller on the roster, you would have to be high to pay Jackson. Sadly, that’s what Buffalo will do. Sadly, that’s why you haven’t smelled the playoffs, let alone a winning season, in years.”

    McGahee did not help Buffalo get to the playoffs.
    McGahee had a whopping 3.9 ypc in his career in Buffalo.
    McGahee had 24 TDs in 3 seasons with Buffalo, or 8 per season!

    Then he told Buffalonians to eff off.

    Meanwhile, Fred Jackson is not your average 31 year old RB with 10 years of the pros under his belt. He chased Lynch out of town, and was on his way to a league leading season.

    I’ll take Jackson, his heart and consistency over all but about 5 RBs in the league.

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