Stevie Johnson is one game away from the expiration of his rookie contract with the Buffalo Bills, and what lies ahead may well be a contentious negotiation over the young receiver's future.
Citing a report from WGR radio in Buffalo, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio writes that Johnson has asked for a contract worth $7.5 million per year. The 25-year-old wideout is making just $1.2 million this year, but as he closes in on a second consecutive season of 1,000-plus yards receiving, he's due for a big raise.
Buscaglia reported in September that the two sides were more than $2 million apart; after a productive season, Johnson's demands have only increased. The Bills may ultimately decide to use their franchise tag to tie Johnson down, but that would mean a guaranteed salary of roughly $9.5 million for the receiver next season. Agent C.J. Laboy told WGR that he wanted to table the extension discussion until after the conclusion of the season. Johnson and his 964 receiving yards wrap up the season on Sunday afternoon against the New England Patriots.