Wide receiver Stevie Johnson has agreed to terms with the Bills, keeping the 25-year-old in Buffalo for the forseeable future.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the deal is for five years, valued at $36.25 million, including a guaranteed $19.5 million.
Some suggest in the wake of the Johnson deal that the Eagles and super agent Drew Rosenhaus now have the framework in place to work a deal for the recently franchised DeSean Jackson.
While Jackson gets more publicity and national hype, and may be the more explosive playmaker, it’s Johnson who posted considerably better numbers last season. He hauled in 76 catches for 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns. Jackson, meanwhile, saw his production drop, posting only 58 receptions for 961 yards and four touchdowns.
Size also matters. Johnson stands at 6-2, 210-pounds, while Jackson is a smaller 5-10, 165-pounds. How much will that affect his worth?
While building a deal around Johnson’s new contract would seem logical, three pressing questions remain. Does Jackson view himself as a more valuable player than Johnson and ask for more? Do the Eagles point to Jackson’s inferior numbers and offer less? Or do the two sides strike a deal that’s right in line with Johnson’s?
This all remains to be seen. But if the Bills and Johnson can work out what, by all accounts, appears to be a fair deal–then it would be in the best interest of both sides to get this thing done sooner rather than later, preferably before the free agency period opens up next week.