The Buffalo Bills have publicly backed wide receiver Stevie Johnson, but should they keep him and his $8.5 million contract around for 2014? (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)
BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
Stevie Johnson has been the Buffalo Bills’ leading wide receiver for each of the past four seasons, and is under contract with the Bills for three more seasons, but a disappointing 2013 season has led some Bills supporters to sour on Johnson heading into the 2014 season.
Some even believe the Bills should move on from Johnson through a trade or release.
Despite his past production, Johnson has consistently been somewhat of an enigma, a player known as well for his antics and costly drops as he has been for his key role in Buffalo’s passing offense. By catching just 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns last season, Johnson no longer had the production to overshadow his perceived flaws.
Additionally, the Bills could consider Johnson a potential cap casualty, a decision that would likely be made by March because as ESPN’s Mike Rodak explained, he is set to receive a $1.75 million roster bonus in March.
Should this offseason be the time for the Bills move on from Johnson and escalating contract? Ryan Glaze thinks it is. Dan Hope, however, thinks the Bills should remain fully committed to Johnson for at least the 2014 season.