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The decision on what the Bills should do about Steve Johnson has been one of the more hotly debated issues among the Bills fanbase. After a down year and a costly turnover late against Atlanta, many have wondered if he is a number one wide receiver and if the team should release him.
This by no means an open-and-shut case for the Bills, as a strong argument could be made either way. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 made the case back at the beginning of January why the Bills may release him:
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson tops the list not only because his contract takes a giant leap in how much he's owed on the cap (almost a $3 million jump), but because perhaps the Bills have a player that has a similar skill-set to him starting on their roster (Robert Woods).
Releasing Johnson, though, would be a mistake in my opinion. The idea to cut him for financial reasons does not make a lot of sense, because Buffalo is well under the salary cap and Johnson has a very reasonable contract for a wide receiver.
While many will point to the idea that Johnson is not a number one wide receiver, he is not paid like one either.
If Buffalo were to release Johnson, the team would create another need that will have to be addressed this offseason and what the Bills save by releasing him would not be enough to lure a free-agent wide receiver to Buffalo. This means they would need to fill this spot through the draft, and outside of Sammy Watkins, I don't believe there is a true number one wide receiver.
The Bills best option this year would be to keep Johnson on this team, unless they were confident in the idea they could bring in a true number one wideout.