By Evans Clinchy
December 30, 2011

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.

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