Well, color me excited.
In what really can’t be interpreted as anything but a good sign, Stevie Johnson openly spoke about the state of his contract negotiations with the Bills Saturday…and it’s good news.
“Progress was made,” Johnson told FOXSports.com of the meetings between his reps and Bills management in Indianapolis this week. “Hopefully, everything comes together within a week or so.”
Now, Johnson might just be overly excited and optimistic, but you have to think he wouldn’t be saying anything like that at all if negotiations were still stalled. Plus Johnson’s agent has also been quoted as saying that he’s “very optimistic,” a drastic change of tone from earlier in the week, when he was floating information to the media saying that the sides were “far apart.”
Johnson, a former Kentucky Wildcat who was interviewed while he was taking in the UK/Vanderbilt hoops showdown, once again reiterated how much he wants to remain in Buffalo:
“I don’t want to leave. I want to finish what we started. Hopefully things come together and we connect on this contract. It’s just about where I began in the NFL. I want to end there. It’s a tough road; we haven’t been to the playoffs in a long time and I want to be a part of it when it happens.”
Johnson clearly has a love for the team that gave him his chance in the NFL, and I have no doubt he means it when he says he wants to stay. Plus, it just makes sense for him career-wise: he’s more valuable to Buffalo than he would be to any other team. The Bills NEED Johnson, and hopefully they can lock him down for a long time within a week or so.