ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - There's a real possibility that Stevie Johnson's last game as a Buffalo Bill will be Sunday in Foxborough, Massachussetts when the Bills end the season against the New England Patriots. With negotiations between the Bills and Johnson currently at a stand still, Johnson admitted on Wednesday that he's thought about the idea that he could be done as a Bill on Sunday night.
"Last week playing at the Ralph, I thought about it, walking around, walking off the field looking at the crowd, it seems kind of crazy that these four years went kind of fast."
Stevie has become a fan favorite while in Buffalo, and has shown that he can be a go-to player for Ryan Fitzpatrick, evidenced by the fact that he is just 36 yards shy of his second straight 1,000 yard season. He has developed quite a following in western New York and lists the relationship that he's developed with fans as one of the reasons he wants to stay here.
"Being in the city and they've adopted me, and I've thought about it, I'm still pretty sure that I'll be here next year, but if not, it's pretty crazy."
Johnson recently told the Associated Press that he is seeking a contract that averages under $9 million per season, which would land him among the NFL's top paid wide receivers. Should the Bills choose to make him their franchise player, giving him a one-year extension in a sense, at a price tag of over $10 million for one year.
He goes into Sunday's game having caught 72 passes for 964 yards and six touchdowns, leaving him just 36 yards short of his second straight 1,000 yard season.
He's still optimistic that a deal can be reached before he becomes a free agent, based on players the Bills have already inked to extensions.
"I feel like being here four years, with the coaches I have, and Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) signing a new deal, you would think you'd have a one-two punch. When Fitz came on, I came on, and you'd think we'd stay together."
Johnson admitted that those sentiments are his own thoughts, and that the Bills have not come to him with any new contract offers recently.