Buffalo and Free Agent to Be WR Stevie Johnson Talk Contract

The Bills and the C.J. LaBoy, the agent for wide receiver Steve Johnson, have exchanged proposals on a contract extension, Rodney McKissic of The Buffalo News reports.

McKissic adds that LaBoy and the Bills will meet during the 2012 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to continue discussions.

A 2008 seventh-round pick out of Kentucky, Johnson had a breakout season in 2010, catching 82 passes for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound wideout followed that up with 76 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011.

Johnson joined Eric Moulds as the only Bills receivers to have at least 75 receptions in consecutive seasons. He also became the first Bills receiver in the franchise’s 52-year history to post back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.

Last off-season, Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes signed a five-year, $45 million contract with $24 million in full or partial guarantees. Sidney Rice received a five-year, $41 million contract with $18.5 million in full or partial guarantees, and Johnson could expect to receive a contract in that vicinity.

If a long-term contract cannot be reached, the franchise tag for a wide receiver is projected to be worth around $9.5 million in 2012.

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