ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB) - The negotiations between the Bills and free agent receiver Stevie Johnson will reach a critical point on Monday. There's a good chance a deal could be done. If not, there's a good chance that Johnson will receive either the franchise or transition tag from the team.
Monday is the last day that NFL teams can use the tag on free agent players. General Manager Buddy Nix has said that it's an option for the team in their talks with Buffalo's leading receiver.
Last weekend, Johnson told reporters in Kentucky that he believed a deal could be done during the week. That did not happen, but sources tell News 4 Sports that contract talks did continue through the week.
Saturday, on his Twitter accounts, Johnson wrote about having "so much unknown, so much going on, so many decisions to make around the corner."
The franchise tag would force the Bills to pay Johnson over $9 million dollars, probably more than they would like. But it would prevent Johnson from leaving the team when free agency starts on March 13. The transition tag is for less money, but gives the team less ability to keep Johnson.
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