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Bills, Stevie make progress

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills made some progress today with the agent for receiver Stevie Johnson in their effort to reach an agreement on a new contract.

"We had a very productive meeting," said Johnson's representative, C.J. LaBoy. "I'm very optimistic. I'm looking forward to continue talking."

Johnson, who posted his second straight 1,000-yard receiving season in 2011, is due to hit the free-agent market on March 13. The BIlls have been in negotiations for months in an effort to keep him in the fold. LaBoy met with Jim Overdorf, Bills senior vice president of football administration, during the NFL Scouting Combine, which is being held at Lucas Oil Stadium.

---Mark Gaughan

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