After weeks of conflicting reports between the two sides, it is now looking more likely that WR Steve Johnson and the Buffalo Bills will be able to get a long-term deal done prior to the start of free agency, and perhaps even sooner than the March 5th deadline that the Buffalo Bills are facing in order to use the franchise tag.
Despite reports last week which stated the two sides were far apart, then the reports which suggested the Bills would not use the franchise tag on the receiver, there appears to be significant progress being made in regards to getting a long term deal ironed out between the two sides.
Speaking to reporters this afternoon and re-posted on the Buffalo Bills official website, “I don’t want to leave. I want to finish what we started. Hopefully things come together and we connect on this contract. It’s just about where I began in the NFL. I want to end there. It’s a tough road; we haven’t been to the playoffs in a long time and I want to be a part of it when it happens,” Johnson told reporters on Saturday.
The receiver added that, “Progress was made. Hopefully, everything comes together within a week or so.”
Steve Johnson holds the distinction of being the only receiver in Buffalo Bills history which has back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons.
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