FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 01: Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his touchdown in the firsts quarter against the New England Patriots on January 1, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
One potential compliment to wide receiver A.J. Green is officially off the market. Rumors were out there that the Bengals may go after fifth-year wide out Steve Johnson, a former star at the University of Kentucky. However, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Johnson is officially off the market as he's been re-signed by the Bills.
Stevie Johnson signed a five-year, $36.25 million deal that includes $19.5 million gtd and over $24 million in deal's first three years.
Johnson, who turns 26 in July, would have given the Bengals two young, speedy receivers with big play capability. In his 2010 game at Paul Brown Stadium, Johnson had a huge game against the Bengals, catching eight passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns as the Bills went on to win a wild match-up, 49-31.
This is the time of year where free agent needs and enticing possibilities seem to get fan bases excited, however, as Cincy Jungle's Anthony Consenza had previously written, it would have been difficult luring Johnson to Cincinnati
But, while the prospect of Johnson being added to the up-and-coming Bengals offense is an intriguing one, the point may be moot. Aside from his on-field theatrics and occasional drops, Johnson may be looking for No. 1 wide receiver money. Though the Bengals have the money to spend on a player like Johnson, he would definitely play second fiddle to Green in Cincinnati. Furthermore, Johnson and his agent have recently exchanged offers with the Buffalo Bills, making his return there even more likely.
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.