Stevie Johnson’s agent optimistic after “very productive” meeting

AP

The Bills and receiver Stevie Johnson may be able to make a deal before free agency starts.

Johnson’s agent, C.J. LaBoy, told the Buffalo News that he was pleased after meeting with Bills Senior V.P. of Football Administration Jim Overdorfin at the Scouting Combine.

We had a very productive meeting,” LaBoy said. “I’m very optimistic. I’m looking forward to continue talking.”

LaBoy’s optimism comes a week after a report that the two sides were far apart in contract talks. Another report emerged that the Bills had decided not to place the franchise tag on Johnson, but Bills G.M. Buddy Nix denied that report.

The 25-year-old Johnson became a starter in Buffalo in 2010 and has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.