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Buffalo Bills Ready to Trade Stevie Johnson?

Aug 24, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) loses control of the ball while being hit by Washington Redskins linebacker Bryan Kehl (53) at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

We have all seen the ups and downs of Stevie Johnson in Buffalo. Many who aren’t fans of Buffalo remember his wide open drop against Steelers a few years ago or pretending to be Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg during a celebration dance. However, if you’re a fan of Buffalo you know the upside of Johnson. He is the only receiver who has produced against Revis time and time again and the only receiver in Bills history to record three consecutive years of 1,000 receiving yards or more. He caught the game winning pass in the 2013 game against the Panthers, and of course there is the fact that he is Stevie Johnson and a fun guy who loves the fans and loves Buffalo. However, many of us must remember this is a business and sometimes a business must let the fan loving good guy go.

After the 2013 season many analyst suggested Stevie Johnson may not be back in Buffalo for the 2014 season. If you look at it from a business stand point it makes sense. Johnson isn’t a #1 wide receiver that Buffalo has tried to make him time and time again and he is set to make upwards of $8.5 million for the 2014 season. If you look at it from a fan prospective many will say well Buffalo has the money and why would they part ways with one of their most talents wide receivers.

Just last week Buffalo signed Mike Williams and it looked like the Johnson trade talk was gone. Williams is a guy who has had a troubled past but if you look at his numbers they are very similar to Johnson’s. Like Johnson, Williams is a true #2 receiver in the NFL and with the addition the wide receiver group has become very crowded with the key players being Johnson, Goodwin, Woods, and now Williams.

Does the addition of Williams help or hurt Johnson? After thinking about it a lot I believe Buffalo has two options. First, they aren’t going to add a true #1 wide receiver in the draft and they are going to stick with Johnson, Williams, Woods, Goodwin and possible Graham or some other wide receiver for the 2014 season. The other option is draft Mike Evans or another true #1 wide receiver in the first or second round of this year’s draft and trade Johnson to a team like Carolina who is in need of wide receivers for a 3rd round pick.

So fans I ask you is a Stevie Johnson trade a good idea or should the analyst stop thinking about the trade and focus on the talent the Buffalo Bills already have?




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  • Taylor

    Bad idea, the only thing left that we need cap room for is to sign the
    players we draft and we have more than enough. EJ needs as many weapons
    as we can give him and even though you and everyone say hes not a “true
    #1,” which i can agree to a point bec hes not a prolific reciever, but
    he does challenge every teams #1 corner week in and week out, and has
    put up very good numbers with bad quarterbacks, terrible coordinators, a
    couple head coaching changes and literally being the ONLY reliable
    option in the passing game for the bills. Also stevie and mike williams
    will be verteran leaders that develop the young recieving core and
    especially develop EJ. i would tell stevie this is your make it or break
    it year and if he doesnt play to the standard of what hes being paid
    let him go after the season, but i definitely think we should keep him
    this year.

  • Nate G.

    Completely agree with everything you said. I do believe this is a make or break year for him, because I doubt Buffalo will carry both Williams and Johnsons contracts into 2015, just to much money.

  • Taylor

    for sure theres no way to keep both of em its like 16 mil cap combined