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Stevie Johnson expecting big payday in 2012


Former UK Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson’s rookie contract ended on Sunday. He and the Buffalo Bills have not been able to agree on a new contract up until this point, and after a first half benching on Sunday it seems as if Johnson and Bills will go their separate ways in 2012. As far as production is concerned Johnson has definitely out performed his first contract and will be a highly-touted free agent if allowed to walk. Simply, if Buffalo does not want to pay Johnson there are many teams that will be after the California native’s services.

Yesterday, Johnson caught an 18-yard touchdown against the New England Patriots which pushed him over 1,000 receiving yards on the season. After the score, he lifted up his jersey to show a t-shirt which had “Happy New Year” written on it and was given a 15 yard penalty. Johnson, who had been warned by head coach Chan Gailey after numerous celebration penalties earlier in the year, was benched for the rest of the game. The Bills ended up losing a 21-point lead and fell to the Patriots 49-21.

Johnson becomes an unrestricted free agent in the off season is said to be looking for a new contract in the $7.5 million a year range. It has been reported that Johnson and the Bills are more than $2 million apart in their contract talks, and with Johnson’s actions this season it could ultimately push him to the free agent market.

in his first two seasons, he combined to catch 12 passes for 112 yards, but he’s turned himself into one of the Bills most important players the past two years. He needs 36 yards in the season finale against the Patriots to go over 1,000 yards receiving for the second-straight year, and though his catches and touchdowns are down from a season ago, Johnson has put together the best two receiving seasons in Buffalo since Eric Moulds in 2004-05.

That’s why it’s not surprising that WGR 550 in Buffalo (H/T to PFT) is reporting that Johnson asked for an annual salary of $7.5 million for between 4-5 years during his contract negotiations with the Bills. Which could be one reason why, according to the radio station, that Buffalo hasn’t made him an offer for the past month. When the two sides met in September, they were apparently about $2 million apart in annual compensation.

Johnson finished the season with 1,004 receiving yards and 7 TDs on the season. In the past two seasons Johnson has a total of 17 touchdowns which is more than fellow free agent wide receivers Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and DeSean Jackson. Johnson may not be the most humbled guy in the NFL, but he is a proven playmaker and will be an asset to the next team he suits up for.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

33 Comments for Stevie Johnson expecting big payday in 2012

  1. UK_greg
    8:06 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    “why so serious”

  2. Rod Tidwell
    8:15 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad he’s having success, but he really needs to grow up. Either he’s the biggest ego-maniac in the world or the biggest idiot (likely a combination of both) to keep doing the dumb things he’s been doing. He’s trying to hard to be the next TO or Chad Johnson and it’s getting pretty ridiculous. (This is coming from a big UK fan)

  3. mudcreekmark
    8:19 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    2) I agree, I actually think he has cost himself big money with his antics. If you want to be a clown, join a circus.

  4. RP_McMurphy
    8:32 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Want a clown join the circus or the Cowboys.

  5. Calipari'sInYourEar
    8:38 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Chan Gailey is an idiot.

    But so is Paul Westphaul.

  6. Roland
    8:44 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Stevie, LOOK both ways b4 crossing streets, and Don’t piss in the wind.

  7. Han
    9:01 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    His “antics” will cost him some money, for sure. Hopefully he can get on with a prolific passing team, though.

    The Colts are looking for Wayne’s future replacement, though, especially if they don’t keep Garcon.

  8. BPsycho
    9:01 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t **** with the Patriots. I know that and I don’t even like the Patriots.

  9. cracka
    9:06 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    i didn’t see the last thing he did, but i heard he lifted up his shirt after a td and his undershirt said “happy new year” … i don’t know how in the hell that gets a flag … agree he went a little far with the plaxico celebration, but a guy who shoots himself in the leg and is okay afterwards (good enough to play in the league) deserves to be made fun of

  10. tyson
    9:06 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    the colts won’t resign Garcon, but they would never sign a “personality” like Stevie.

  11. old_school
    9:10 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    A player who continually costs his teammates 15 yards because of his inability to control his own ego or showboating antics is not an asset to his team.

    If he’s that much of a jerk on the field he’s probably also a cancer in the locker-room.

    It’s a shame he represents Kentucky.

  12. BPsycho
    9:20 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    #11 You consider telling everyone Happy New Years a jerk move, and cancerous to the team? How about the refs remove the sticks from their arses, and then help the people that came up with the rules do the same. He’s a happy dude and spreads the joy and laughs on the reg. He should just give the NFL 200k before every season and tell them to shove it. xD

    I’m not tryna spat with ya or anything, I’m done with all that. I just find about a third of the rules ridiculous.

  13. RickyPRetirementTour
    9:21 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    With the way Stevie has produced for the Bills if they will not pay him, there are other teams that will. He has played for them for very cheap.

  14. NameonFrontofTheJersey
    9:31 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Stevie is a headcase. Sports in general have turned into a “look at me” game. It’s not about the team. Our basketball team is starting to act this way. It’s a shame.

  15. Ryan
    9:33 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    “hey kid, get off my lawn!” section 30 row 10 blue haired quiet patron

  16. Rondo'sBetter
    9:37 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Rondo is abusing Wall tonight.

  17. nolablue
    9:42 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Kanter: 4 points and 4 rebounds in 5 minutes of play tonight so far against my Hornets.
    Lookin’ good, Undertaker!

  18. Model Citizen
    9:45 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Selfish Johnson, sounds about right.

  19. Rick's Boyz
    9:54 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Johnson is an idiot. Good nite.

  20. The Big Dog
    10:07 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    I really try to like Stevie but he makes it very difficult with this self-destructive behavior. I hope he can grow up.

  21. DreadHead
    10:26 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Not only did he cost his team but he cost me my Fantasy Football championship…what a wanker.

    10:35 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    @12 … Doesn’t matter that the rule is stupid. EVERYONE knows that’s the rule. And to do it anyway when you know ahead of time it’s gonna cost your team 15 years?


    I love Stevie for what he did for the Cat, but I wouldn’t want my NFL team to sign him if he’s gonna be THAT big of a diva.

  23. Ghostofbearbryant
    10:39 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Stevie (and agent) are brilliant. He’s both gotten the stats to make big free agent bucks and pissed off his coaches to ensure he’ll be on the mkt and avail to a more pass focused offense. Love it!

  24. Nuttinbutlove4Stevie
    10:57 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Stevie has become a cancer to his current and future teams because of his small success. That said I hope he ends up in Dallas.

  25. markp
    11:00 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Grow up Stevie. Jim Brown once said that he didn’t celebrat TDs because he wanted to act like he’ been there before. Play the game and be classy.

  26. RaleighCat
    11:44 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    He’s a wide receiver. This is what they do. But I’m not sure how good he really is. Big stats on a crappy team? Not sure he’s worth big money but someone will probably pay him.

  27. Tomas
    11:50 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    25. Quit holding Jim Brown up like some great role model. Stevie Johnson was never accused of rape. He just likes to have fun. Get off his back.

  28. kingrex
    11:54 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am thoroughly embarrassed by Stevie Johnson. He is unraveling and becoming someone whom with it is not advisable to be associated.

  29. blitzedanddazed
    12:01 am January 3, 2012 Permalink

    I would love to see Johnson in a Cleveland Browns uniform next year.

  30. BPsycho
    1:26 am January 3, 2012 Permalink

    #22 I see your point. I don’t think anyone on the Bills should be a diva. Cause they da Bills……….

  31. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:27 am January 3, 2012 Permalink

    Yes the NFL celebration rules have gone too far, but it is what is is and Stevie was warned by his coach. I appreciate what he did for UK, but he has become too much of a diva. Let’s hope it was just part of his PR plan for this free agent year. I wish him luck in getting a contact he deserves and hope it puts an end to the “look at me” antics.

  32. kyhank
    8:59 am January 3, 2012 Permalink

    no one likes a show off !!

  33. tyrus
    10:39 am January 3, 2012 Permalink

    Could care less where this turd went to college and what his NFL stats are. He’s a self centered ego head and represents what I dislike about the NFL.