First, I apologize for the lack of formatting on this post. I have tremendous problems with sbnation and my browsers. It happens on all of my computers.
I just read the latest on Rotoworld saying that OBD and Stevie are still 'far apart' in contract negotiations. It once again got me very aggravated and I am coming here to vent my frustrations.
If we don't keep Stevie, my already shaky faith in the Bills
organization will take another devastating blow. Unless Stevie is asking for a crazy amount of money (which he may be, but I doubt it), then we need to have him in a Bills uniform at least for next year.
Nix has already talked about our needs for WR, so if we let our best one go for no compensation, then I am not sure what they are thinking. Stevie may not be elite, but he's not too far below that caliber. And, he's still young and learning. I don't think Stevie has reached his ceiling yet. He seems to be a very likeable guy in the clubhouse and he certainly seems to be the type of guy that is putting in the work to be great.
So, if even if we have to overpay him a LITTLE, it is complete foolishness not to. We can't continue to develop players and then lose them when they hit their prime. I can almost understand if they are struggling coming up with a long term contract for him. Based on some of his drops and some of his TD celebrations, I can understand their reluctance to give him a huge deal. So if that is the case and that is the sticking point, then franchise the guy.
One thing is for sure, this life long Bills fan will be FUMING if they let him go. In my mind, there is zero excuse for not at least using the franchise tag on him. If he goes, that just leaves another gaping hole to fill on our roster. And just sets up back even further from being a competitive team. I can't see any justification for not getting a young, talented, proven talent signed to a deal to keep him in Buffalo for the next few years.
If Stevie is not in a Bills uniform next season (unless he is traded) then I will have ZERO confidence in Nix and the rest of OBD to ever lead us back to the playoffs. Maybe I am overreacting, but that is how I feel.
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.