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Stevie Johnson Wished Everyone a Happy New Year and Then Got Penalized and Benched

You’d think Stevie Johnson would have learned his lesson about celebrations after the Jets’ game. But no. So he celebrated a TD against the Patriots Sunday by flashing a t-shirt under his jersey, was flagged 15 yards, and because of coach Chan Gailey’s new rule – instituted after Johnson’s foolishness against the Jets last month – Johnson was benched for the rest of the game. Buffalo led 21-0 and ended up losing 49-21.

So what will become of Johnson, the free agent?

Contract talks apparently broke down because Johnson wanted $7.5 million a year. That figure seemed fair for a player of his stature and production. After this latest gaffe, I can see why the organization would be reluctant to make a sizable investment.

At this point, the Bills might have to slap a franchise tag on Johnson to keep him in Buffalo. That would be one year for $9.5 million. That doesn’t seem likely. If they’re not willing to pay him a big number for the long term, why do it for one season?

Who wants a talented, yet childish receiver with a penchant for idiotic, costly, brain farts? [Buffalo News]

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