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Bills Close To Reaching A Deal With WR Steve Johnson?

The Buffalo News reports that the representative for WR Steve Johnson was “very optimistic” about the possibility of signing a long-term agreement with the Bills.

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

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Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News suggests that WR Steve Johnson is looking for a contract that includes a base salary of $8 million per season.

That’s a pretty large contract to give out to someone that has a limited amount of experience playing at a high level but then again, that’s close to the deal that Seattle gave to Sidney Rice last year.

If this ends up being accurate, you would have to think that the Bills would elect to tag Johnson in the coming weeks rather than commit that kind of money to him.

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Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix addressed rumors that the team is not considering using their franchise tag on WR Steve Johnson.

“I read in the paper or somebody sent it to me the other day that we definitely were not going to tag him,” Nix said, via WGR 550 Buffalo. “I don’t know who they talked to, I’d like to talk to them maybe see what we’re gonna do with some of those other guys. … Again, (the franchise tag) is an option. We’ve got until March 5 to decide.

Nix also mentioned that they have rolled over extra cap space from the previous season so they should have plenty of available cash to address their roster. The most reports regarding a contract extension with Johnson mentioned that the two sides are still far apart but the Bills hold the leverage here with the franchise tag sitting there as a contingency option.