AP Source: Bills ‘far apart’ in talks with Johnson



BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with contract talks between the Buffalo Bills and Stevie Johnson says the two sides remain “far apart,” and adds that the receiver doesn’t expect the team to use its franchise tag to retain him.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on Sunday on the condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing.

Johnson and the Bills exchanged offers last week, and the two sides are scheduled to meet at the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week.

Johnson has led the Bills in receiving in each of the past two seasons and is eligible to become a free agent next month. Starting Monday, NFL teams can begin using a franchise tag to retain the rights of their prospective free agents.