The Bills will keep their top wide receiver for five more years. Rewarding Stevie Johnson’s good play and hard work with an five year $36.25 million contract. The deal has $19.5 million in guarantees and is worth $24 million over the first three years of the deal.
“I want to do all I can to make sure and let them know they didn’t make a mistake,” Johnson said. “I want to make sure they look good. This is where I started, and I wanted to remain loyal to them.” Johnson was all smiles after he signed the deal that will keep him reunited with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The two have developed a strong relationship, and are viewed as a key cog in the Bills’ youth movement.
“I’m fired up,” Fitzpatrick said in a conference call on Monday. “This shows a lot about Stevie, and this shows a lot about where the Bills are headed. Being our go-to guy in the receiving corps and being a huge playmaker for us, it was a must in terms of re-signing him.”
“It’s a good day for us,” said Bills general manager Buddy Nix. “Our football team got better. One of our philosophies coming in is that we wanted to keep our good players here. We were able to do that with Steve Johnson. It goes without saying what he’s done the past two years, and I think it’s just going to get better.”
Today is the last day teams can put franchise tags on players. IF the Bills had to tag Johnson it would have cost the Bills $9.4 Million against the 2012 salary cap. Johnson was a seventh round pick in 2008. Johnson emerged in 2010 when he led the Bills with a career-high 82 catches for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns. He followed that up this past season with 76 receptions, and became the first player in team history to record consecutive 1,000-yard receiving campaigns.
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