Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 3/6

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24: Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills makes catch in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Stevie re-signs, top passing weapon returns - BuffaloBills.com
"Over the past two seasons 25 percent of Fitzpatrick’s completions have gone to Johnson. Almost 30 percent of his passing yards the past two years have been accumulated by Johnson. And more than a third of the team’s passing touchdowns the last two seasons have been made by Fitzpatrick and Johnson (36%)."

Stevie Johnson Signing Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson addresses the media about re-signing with the team and what he sees in the future."

Bears, Bills show interest in free agent receiver Vincent Jackson - Sporting News
"Another teams with eyes for Jackson are the Buffalo Bills, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The Bills have excess salary cap space and would like to add a wideout, even after signing Stevie Johnson to a five-year, $36.25 million deal, the newspaper reported."

Transcript: WR Stevie Johnson - BuffaloBills.com
Buddy Nix, Russ Brandon, and eventually Stevie Johnson's comments take center stage. Johnson spends a lot of time thanking people.

Transcript: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - BuffaloBills.com
Fitzpatrick was on a conference call with local media about Stevie Johnson and his new haircut.

Bills Focus: Stevie Johnson Sit Down Interview - BuffaloBills.com
Steve Tasker talks with Stevie Johnson in the Bills Healthy Zone. They talk about the past as well as the future.

Inside The Bills | Stevie on the future
"It’s guys coming of age, including myself. Last year we had Fred Jackson on offense, our veteran leader, now we have more of those guys with Fitz and myself. I think we are going to be even better than we were last year. Who knows, playoffs, fight for the Super Bowl. But who knows once you get into the playoffs, I think we have the team to matchup with anybody."

Inside The Bills | Stevie By the Numbers
"Below is a look at Johnson’s franchise milestones and noteworthy rankings in the NFL:"

Nix on Johnson Signing - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills' GM talks about re-signing their marquee free agent.

Stevie Johnson 2011 Highlights - BuffaloBills.com
Beating Darrelle Revis was a big part of the highlight reel, but there was more to Johnson's season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick on Stevie Johnson Re-Signing - BuffaloBills.com
You can hear Ryan Fitzpatrick's conference call here.

Bills opt to keep one of their own in re-signing Stevie - The Buffalo News
"It's important that you keep your own," Nix said. "You can't build if you're losing good guys every year, and we've got a lot of them out there for different reasons. We play against them every Sunday. You can't keep them all but you need to make the effort to do everything you can to keep them."

Nix talks straight: Time to stem exodus - The Buffalo News
"It’s a good day for us," Nix said. "Our football team got better. One of our philosophies coming in was we wanted to keep our good players here, draft good, develop ‘em and then try to keep ‘em. We were able to do that with Steve Johnson. It goes without saying what he’s done the past two years, and I think it’s just going to get better."

Non-issue of Stevie talks: Celebrations - The Buffalo News
"With all that context in mind, Johnson's celebration penalties were not part of the negotiations on a new contract. The Bills expect Johnson to avoid celebration penalties. Johnson knows he needs to avoid celebration penalties. Both sides can get on with finding ways to get him in the end zone."

Big money, big responsibility - The Buffalo News
"Johnson will have enough pressure trying to justify this deal on the field. He's being paid as a top receiver now. He's no longer some cuddly overachiever. Critics will expect him to produce on a consistent basis. The Bills have made a big investment. They're showing they trust him to keep improving. Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey wanted him here so the offense could take the next step and be a top NFL offense."

Fitz pleased to have Stevie back - The Buffalo News
"A lot of it was just talking about that," Fitzpatrick said. "He obviously knew where I stood and I did frequently remind him of that. One of the things I told him throughout the whole thing was you need to go somewhere where they value you and they know what you're about and they know how to utilize you. He knows with me as his quarterback, that's going to happen here. He knows with Chan [Gailey] as his coach, that's gonna happen here. I think this is a big day for the Bills."

Stevie Signs - WGR 550
"This is where I started in Buffalo. They took a chance on me. I'm not doing them any favors they did me a favor by picking me. This group is the only group that I've known. Why leave now? You've got guys turning that corner and we may get things back this next year. There's a lot of promise here and I love working with these guys."

Stevie Humbled To Be Back With Bills - WGR 550
"I want to thank the city of Buffalo because I represent you guys," Johnson started off. "The way you look out for me I want you to look out for my teammates also. We represent you guys. A big thank you to you guys. You guys started this."

Bills' Fitzpatrick, Johnson Fired Up For Extended Partnership - WGR 550
"When Fitzpatrick was backing up Trent Edwards, often times he was relegated to throwing with the fourth, fifth and sixth receivers on the active roster. For the first two seasons of his professional career, that's exactly where Stevie Johnson resided."

Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills sign reported $36M deal | Democrat and Chronicle
"You can’t build if you’re losing good guys every year and we’ve got a lot of them out there for different reasons. We play against them every Sunday. You can’t keep them all, but you need to make the effort to do everything you can to keep them."

Johnson deal done, Bills can shift focus - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"So Buffalo took the safe route by re-signing Johnson and now can shift its focus to other needs. The Bills finished 6-10 last season and could use upgrades at cornerback, left tackle and an outside pass-rusher."

2012 NFL Free Agency: Bills Sign Steve Johnson To Five-Year Deal - Cincy Jungle
"With Johnson set to be a Buffalo Bill for a long time, the Bengals will have to look elsewhere for a potential No. 2 receiver in the upcoming free agent season."

2012 NFL Free Agency: Stevie Johnson's Contract Sets The Market - Big Cat Country
"This deal should set the market, so for a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars this is nice to see. Johnson got roughly $7 million per year, which should be right around what Marques Colston should get. I would expect that Vincent Jackson gets more than Johnson did, but I'm not expecting the Jaguars to be big players for Jackson."

Market Being Set For DeSean Jackson & Evan Mathis? - Bleeding Green Nation
"As we noted earlier, at this point in the NFL calender we would normally have seen a few players re-upping with their teams ahead of free agency. "

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Newly-signed Johnson looks to be 'legendary'
"I told him, 'Let's be legendary now,'" Johnson said in a telephone interview, shortly after his Monday morning news conference in Buffalo to announce the deal.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Fitzpatrick coy on rib injury
"I mean, it's something I don't really want to get into much," the 29-year-old said. "The only thing I'll say is guys in the NFL play hurt. Every game guys are hurt, especially at the end of the year. And that's just part of the game, it's part of the business, and something you have to do."

Former Oilers, Titans say Williams had no bounty program – USATODAY.com
"We never had any bounties when I played, I know that," said retired safety Blaine Bishop, who played for the Oilers/Titans from 1993-2001. "Gregg never had any bounties. If we did, I never got paid. But the truth is we never had them. It didn't happen with the Titans when I was there, so it didn't happen when Gregg was there. He just wanted you to play hard."

Expect Saints, Gregg Williams to get a bounty-ful punishment – USATODAY.com
"There's a golden rule in NFL locker rooms: Fast pay makes fast friends," said Sapp, now an NFL Network analyst. "Somebody didn't get paid. I'll bet my last dollar on that. It was probably the bookkeeper."

Poloncarz Hopes To Have New Bills Lease By Training Camp | wgrz.com
County Executive Poloncarz: "I feel very confident that a lease is going to get done, my goal is to get it done by the beginning of training camp (this summer) and we're going to try and get the longest lease we possibly can."

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