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What about Steve Johnson?

I haven't heard much chatter on the blog about he idea of adding Steve Johnson as the deep threat #1 WR. I'm sure that some of that is due to the drama surrounding his big drop against the Jets and/or his TD celebrations, but I think that is a non-issue when compared to what he brings to the table (it's 3 incidents of nuckleheadom, and I think the team culture could help curtail that). Then there is this quote from an Associated Press via NFL Network:

A person familiar with the contract talks between the Buffalo Bills and Stevie Johnson said the two sides remain "far apart," and added that the receiver doesn't expect the team to use its franchise tag to retain him.

By the Numbers:

Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

Age as of September 1st, 2012: 26

2011 Grade: +6.0

Key Stat: Lowered his dropped passes from 13 in 2010 to just 5 in 2011.

Behind the numbers: After just 10 yards receiving in 2009, Johnson made a name for himself with over 1,000 yards in both 2010 and 2011. For all the plays he did make, however, his season will likely be remembered for both a costly drop and penalty in the season finale against the New England Patriots.

http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/02/16/ranking-the-2012-free-agents-wide-receivers/




REC

YDS

AVG

LNG

TD

2011 Regular Season

76

1,004

13.2

55

7

The guy can beat press coverage, which is a must, and produced his numbers last season by beating double teams at times (two things a #1 WR MUST do). I think the team would still need to draft a WR to bolster the receiving corp, but he would be a great piece in the rebuild compared to the current options on the roster minus the upside of Hankerson. Oh yeah, and he consistently beats Darrelle Revis. Thoughts?

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