US PresswireTeams can start sticking the franchise tag on players Monday, but Buffalo Bills wide receiver isn't expecting his team to do that even if the two sides are "far apart" in contract negotiations, according to the Associated Press. Buffalo isn't big on franchising players; the last time it happened was in 2006 when the team put the tag on cornerback Nate Clements.
Johnson and the Bills "exchanged offers last week, and agreed to meet at the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week," the AP reports.
If the team franchised Johnson, who had 1,004 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this past season, they'd owe him about $9.4 million, the wire service reports.
The team hasn't made the playoffs in the last 12 seasons.