ORCHARD PARK, NY (The Spread) – The Bills ensured that their No. 1 receiver would stay in Buffalo when the team reached an agreement with free agent Stevie Johnson on Monday.
Johnson, 25, led the team with 76 receptions last season, as the Bills finished 6-10. He has topped 1,000 yards receiving the last two seasons, has developed a strong relationship with Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and is viewed upon as a key cog in the Bills' youth movement.
Johnson, selected by the Bills in the seventh round in 2008 out of Kentucky, has 170 catches for 2,189 yards and 19 touchdowns in 48 NFL games.
According to oddsmakers, the Bills opened as 50/1 long shots to win the 2013 Super Bowl but their odds have since shot all the way up to 100/1. Their odds to win the AFC conference championship have stayed the same, however, as the Bills are listed at 45/1.
Johnson was one of several NFL receivers whose contracts were set to expire on March 13. DeSean Jackson (who was franchised by the Eagles), Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe (who was franchised by the Chiefs), Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, Reggie Wayne, Mario Manningham, Robert Meachem and Brandon Lloyd.