TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills talks to Stevie Johnson #13 during NFL game action against the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills are on the verge of announcing that they've re-signed wide receiver Stevie Johnson, and ESPN's Adam Schefter has the contract numbers: five years, $36.25 million, $19.5 million guaranteed and $24 million in payments over the deal's first three seasons.
That puts Johnson's annual average compensation at $7.25 million. The guaranteed number is fairly significant, considering it's only about $4.5 million less in guarantees that the team gave to starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who also will get $33 million over the next three years, as compared to Johnson's $24 million.
For two years now, Fitzpatrick and Johnson have paced the Bills' passing attack, and in the last five months, they've paid $43.5 million in guarantees to ensure that the duo remains in place for the foreseeable future.
Reports surfaced earlier this off-season that Johnson was offering the team a "home-town discount" in asking for $7.5 million annually; this deal, if Schefter is right, came in under that figure, with the guarantees likely off-setting that fact. This, folks, sounds an awful lot like a very fair deal for both sides.