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Bills, Stevie Johnson strike a deal

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To little surprise, given that the team has called a 10:00 a.m. ET press conference, the Bills and receiver Stevie Johnson have struck a new deal.

Johnson, a seventh-round pick in 2008, has become a very good but not yet great receiver (Mickey Loomis agrees), which surely made it hard to set his value.

It’ll be very interesting to see the numbers, since that will have a factor on the many upcoming free-agent deals for receivers.

Though the Bills at times seemed ambivalent about Johnson, it makes sense to keep him.  He has shown that he has the ability to be a game-changer, and he is one of the few receivers who can consistently get the better of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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35 Responses to “Bills, Stevie Johnson strike a deal”
  1. mcconnellrules says: Mar 5, 2012 9:19 AM

    Darelle Revis’ Kryptonite

  2. majbobby says: Mar 5, 2012 9:21 AM

    Great Resign good job OBD

  3. broncobeta says: Mar 5, 2012 9:22 AM

    What a bad decision. This kid is way too immature.

    Next up on the Bill’s Tour of bad signings will be Fred Jackson.

    “Hey! Let’s extend that injury prone 31 year-old running back, despite the fact that we drafted a guy with the 9th overall pick, who played pretty well.”

  4. wwwmattcom says: Mar 5, 2012 9:23 AM

    Johnson Parrish Nelson Hagan. Easlily Jones. Please resign Roscoe Parrish Buffalo. Bills are set at WR. Get some more defensive playmakers and o line and they can make a run at the defending super bowl losers.

  5. yanksbills says: Mar 5, 2012 9:24 AM

    Thanks Ralph, Buddy, and Chan.

    Every once in a while you get it right.

  6. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 5, 2012 9:25 AM

    Lets hope the Bills inserted language into the contract to allow for a one full game check deduction for Johnson receiving ANY flags for ANY actions after scoring a touchdown.

  7. misterpigglesworth says: Mar 5, 2012 9:29 AM

    happy new year!

  8. jaltreality says: Mar 5, 2012 9:30 AM

    That “very good not great” thing, which was unsubstantiated if I remember correctly, is really annoying.

  9. frostbelt says: Mar 5, 2012 9:31 AM

    HELL YES

  10. joetoronto says: Mar 5, 2012 9:32 AM

    A press conference to announce they signed Stevie Johnson, really?

  11. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 5, 2012 9:33 AM

    He actually worked Revis like it was John Geiger covering him.

  12. lolb23 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:35 AM

    Change this headline from Bills to Lions and Stevie Johnson to Cliff Avril and I’m a happy fan.

  13. jpmelon says: Mar 5, 2012 9:42 AM

    This is how every Monday should start…..with good news about the Bills. Great sign!!

  14. johanneschimpo says: Mar 5, 2012 9:50 AM

    Change this headline from Bills to Chargers and Stevie Johnson to Mike Wallace, Michael Bush, Carl Nicks, Nick Hardwick and Vincent Jackson and I’m a happy fan.

  15. billsfan1 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:51 AM

    Thank god, there is joe Toronto with his two cents. Still pissing and. Moaning about pinball Clemons never having a fair shot in the nfl or maybe about the demise of the all mighty leafs

  16. cjspiller12 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:58 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Mar 5, 2012 9:32 AM
    A press conference to announce they signed Stevie Johnson, really?
    ________________________________
    Hey Joe, how about a press conference to announce that Toronto sucks?

  17. fnslidevick says: Mar 5, 2012 10:00 AM

    I hope they didnt give him too much. 8 million a year at the most. If they gave him more, then DJax is going ot want as much if not more

  18. upyoursnfu says: Mar 5, 2012 10:01 AM

    God is on your side after all, Stevie

  19. gtthom86 says: Mar 5, 2012 10:07 AM

    “broncobeta says: Mar 5, 2012 9:22 AM

    What a bad decision. This kid is way too immature.”

    lol what? because he has had two celebration flags?

    He is certainly a character, but is not and has never been immature or a negative influence to the team. You’ll never hear any bad things about his work ethic, locker room presence or attitude. He’ll never say anything bad about his team – whenever hes done something stupid or played poorly, he takes his pressers like a man, accepts all the blame is is genuinely remorseful. He said all the right things throughout his contract year and up until he signed his contract, something rarer and rarer these days.

    This guy wants to be one of the best and knows he’s ragged on now for the flags. He’ll find other ways to have a good time.

    Huge signing for the Bills, best deal they inked in a long time. Hopefully they locked him up for a while because at 25 hes just getting started.

  20. unclehilroy says: Mar 5, 2012 10:15 AM

    Tony Romo is the man.

  21. buffalomafia says: Mar 5, 2012 10:27 AM

    Now the Bills need an offensive line, TE,WR,cornerbacks that are taller than 5’10″ & beefier defensive linemen?

    Is that asking to much?

  22. phuckosu says: Mar 5, 2012 10:27 AM

    He will be worth his contract. Don’t know what the contract numbers are, but I’d bet it would have cost the bills more after free agent contacts got signed

  23. billsfan007 says: Mar 5, 2012 10:30 AM

    broncobeta says:Mar 5, 2012 9:22 AM

    What a bad decision. This kid is way too immature.

    Next up on the Bill’s Tour of bad signings will be Fred Jackson.

    “Hey! Let’s extend that injury prone 31 year-old running back, despite the fact that we drafted a guy with the 9th overall pick, who played pretty well.”
    ________________________________

    Are you even a football fan? Had Jackson stayed healthy he could have easily led the league in rushing. As a lifelong Bills fan, I’ll take Jackson over Spiller ANY day.

  24. feelzgood says: Mar 5, 2012 10:33 AM

    When your pass rush is as bad as the Jets anyone can get the best of Darrelle Revis

  25. vahawker says: Mar 5, 2012 10:35 AM

    Don’t get it…lived in Buffalo for 5 years while in school..couldn’t get out fast enough. He has a chance to bolt and intentionally stays? Weird.

  26. cheapseater says: Mar 5, 2012 10:38 AM

    Damnit…

    Down to Colston and Jackson…

  27. trollhammer20 says: Mar 5, 2012 10:43 AM

    Great, so he can beat up on Revis, and then drop the most important catch of the season again…

  28. kingbeason52 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:01 AM

    Whats up with all these deals and no numbers attached?

  29. rabidbillsfan says: Mar 5, 2012 11:06 AM

    All of the hate is coming from the fact you wish Stevie would have joined your team. Anyway, It’s a $36 mil. 5 yr deal, front loaded from what I’ve been told. Thtas chump change for somebody who could easily put up 1,000 yard campaigns every season, but they protected themselves by front loading that deal until his age 29 season, very smart move. Whoever said they would take Jackson over Spiller must be on something pretty good. Don’t kid yourself, Spiller will be just as good of back as Jackson, with more upside potential. Your telling me that if you were GM of a new franchise, you would take Jackson over Spiller? No way. Now, this is something that may get alot of criticism, but I think the Bills should bring back Evans. He will be cheap, I can guaruntee he will work his tail off to show that he isn’t the guy that showed up to Baltimore, and he still has the speed to outrun defenders. Evans would benefit from the fact that Steve is now an established threat, and would provide a proven Deep-threat to a team that needs one. Also, with a low-end deal, Evans wouldn’t have to be an every down receiver, and could rotate with Haggan, Jones, or any other guy they see as the future in that role. I always liked Lee, and I think it would be a good fit to bring him back again.

  30. majbobby says: Mar 5, 2012 11:06 AM

    5 years 36.25 with 19M Guaranteed as per ESPN Text

    Very nice Contract

  31. larrybrown43 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    You can have this disease Buffalo. If he pulled the stunts he did during a contract year what’s he going to be like now? Good luck with this headache. He’s a one step forward two steps back player. I’m a Skins fan and we need a receiver badly and won’t want him.

  32. joetoronto says: Mar 5, 2012 11:41 AM

    In hindsight, this is big news for a town like Buffalo.

    It’s not just a small cold and gray town, it’s a town that has never won a damn thing, ever.

    This is HUGE news…..

    for Buffalo.

  33. billsfan1 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:53 AM

    Don’t get it…lived in Buffalo for 5 years while in school..couldn’t get out fast enough. He has a chance to bolt and intentionally stays? Weird.

    yeah it is weird since you didnt have to stay in Buffalo at all, truth be told. So in actuality, you could get out fast enough and chose not to.So is that bad on Buffalo, or all telling about you as a person. If that is how you feel about Buffalo, honestly, we couldnt have waited for you to leave either.
    but we get your point, douchemonkey

  34. billsfan1 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:56 AM

    When your pass rush is as bad as the Jets anyone can get the best of Darrelle Revis

    that happens alot huh?
    face it, Johnson is one of the few who can put up a few numbers against Revis….. and what were they, 6 for 70? something like that? Revis is dominant and that is the benchmark for WR stats against him? Those are not earth shattering numbers.

    and no, Revis doesnt get beat often, regardless of what you think may happen

  35. drewsylvania says: Mar 5, 2012 3:22 PM

    If the refs would call holding or DPI on Revis, he’d be “getting beat” more often.

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