Nix says Bills have resumed contract talks with WR Johnson

Associated Press
Published: Jan. 9, 2012 at 01:47 p.m.
Updated: Jan. 9, 2012 at 02:02 p.m.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have had new talks in a bid to re-sign wide receiver Stevie Johnson.

Retaining Johnson was among several topics that Bills general manager Buddy Nix touched upon during a wide-ranging news conference Monday.

Nix said the team wants Johnson back and added there has been "dialogue" between the two sides in the past week. Johnson has been the team's leading receiver in each of the past two years and is eligible to become a free agent in March. He led the team in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,004) and touchdowns (7) in 2011.

Nix also regards adding a pass-rusher as being among the team's top priorities this offseason. He considers the Bills being "three of four" players away from being competitive after a 6-10 finish. He's particularly intent on improving the pass rush after Buffalo finished tied for 30th in the NFL with 29 sacks.