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Stevie Johnson still hopes Bills re-sign him

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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 1: Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills watches the action from the sidelines during a game with New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Impending free agent Stevie Johnson has the potential to be one of the top-five wide receivers available on the 2012 open market. But he’s been a featured player in the Bills’ offense, and hopes the team re-signs him.

Of course I’m hoping Buffalo will step up,” Johnson told the Buffalo News. “If not and I hit the market in free agency, then Buffalo is in the picture no matter what. But to be in free agency to see what other teams are saying, that’s also good.”

Johnson is keeping his options open, leaving contract talks and his future up to agent C.J. LaBoy.

“I told my agent that this is the first time I’ve been in this situation and I hired you and I trust your work,” Johnson explained. “I told him if there’s something that needs to be brought to the table, let me know about it and we’ll go from there. I’m trying to get better mentally and physically. Whatever stuff [the Bills] say, just bring it to my attention and that’s how we’ll go about it.”

Johnson, still only 25 years old, has racked up 158 receptions for 2,077 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He was a seventh-round pick out of Kentucky in the 2008 draft.