The Buffalo Bills and WR Steve Johnson were reported to be working on a contract extension during the season but nothing came of the talks and now Johnson is poised to hit the open market at the end of the season. Johnson has shown plenty of ability and poor judgement which makes the teams decision much harder than it really should be.
“We tried to do our negotiating and it was turned down,” Johnson said yesterday, via the Associated Press. “I want to just ride it out and see what happens.”
There has been some speculation that the Bills may use their franchise tag on Johnson which would pay him roughly $9 million for the 2012. At this point the Bills are in pretty bad shape and allowing one of their best offensive weapons to leave via free agency isn’t going to get them any closer to competing for the AFC East title. There’s still a chance that they’ll be able to work something out in regards to a long term deal but no guarantees at this point.