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Source: Bills, Johnson exchange proposals

---The Buffalo Bills and representatives for Stevie Johnson have exchanged proposals and are expected to meet at next week’s NFL Combine, a league source told The Buffalo News.

The Bills submitted a proposal over a week ago and Johnson’s agent, C.J. LaBoy, countered the team’s offer on Monday, according to the source. There have been no further talks although the two sides are scheduled to meet next week in Indianapolis.

The 25-year-old Johnson started all 16 games in 2011 and finished with 76 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns.

---Rodney McKissic


Bills sign seven to futures contracts

---The Bills today announced the signing of five of their 2011 practice squad players and two others to future contracts.

The team inked linebacker Robert Eddins, defensive back Prince Miller, defensive tackle Jay Ross and guards Keith Williams and Jake Vermiglio – all of whom had been on the team’s practice squad – as well as wide receiver David Clowney and linebacker Scott McKillop.

By signing the players to futures contracts, Buffalo controls their rights through the offseason and the players will be able to take part in OTAs.

---Rodney McKissic


Williams agrees to new deal

---The Bills announced defensive tackle Kyle Williams has agreed to a new a deal that is reportedly six-years and worth $39 million with $17 million guaranteed.

Williams agent, Albert Elias, said Thursday that he was waiting to hear back from the Bills after exchanging proposals during negotiations that intensified this week.

Williams had two years left on the contract he signed in July, 2008, worth an average of $3.6 million a year. He’s coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he recorded 77 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

The 6-foot-1, 303-pound LSU product was drafted by the Bills in the fifth-round in 2006. In his five-year career, Williams has totaled 291 tackles - 193 solos - and 13.5 sacks in 78 games with 73 starts. His 291 tackles since entering the NFL in 2006 are fourth-most among defensive linemen.

---Rodney McKissic