SH Night Life Headlines: Could Bengals Pursue Stevie Johnson? Plus the Franchise Tag Numbers.

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Dec 24, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) runs for 55 yards after a catch as Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) pursues during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

 

According to ESPN, the Buffalo Bills and free agent WR Stevie Johnson are still far apart in contract talks. Its looking more likely that the talented receiver will get to free agency March 13th with no new contract with Buffalo, and will begin looking to other teams for his big pay-day. Johnson finished the 2011 season with 76 catches for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns.The Bengals are in need of a #2 WR, and Johnson would fit well with Pro-Bowler A.J. Green.

 

NFL Franchise Tag Period Begins Monday

The franchise tag period will begin Monday and run through March 5 as each team has the option to choose one player with an expiring contract who will receive a one-year deal in hope of working out a long-term contract, or risk losing that player to free agency. The Bengals are unlikely to tag any of their free agents, but several players they may target, such as Bills WR Stevie Johnson or Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. Here are the franchise tag costs by position:

QB: $14.4 million in 2012; down from $16.1 million in 2011

RB: $7.7 million in 2012; down from $9.6 million in 2011

WR: $9.4 million in 2012; down from 11.4 million in 2011

TE: $5.4 million in 2012; down from $7.3 million in 2011

OL: $9.4 million in 2012; down from $10.1 million in 2011

DE: $10.6 million in 2012; down from $13 million in 2011

DT: $7.9 million in 2012; down from $12.5 million in 2011

LB: $8.8 million in 2012; down from $10.1 million in 2011

CB: $10.6 million in 2012; down from $13.5 million in 2011

S: $6.2 million in 2012; down from $8.8 million in 2011

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