Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gailey: Player negotiations are 'no place for a coach'


The Bills and receiver Stevie Johnson will be talking. Chan Gailey won't be there.

Johnson and the Bills' management are reportedly scheduled to meet Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in hopes of getting close to a deal that would keep Johnson in Buffalo.

The Bills head coach said he'll stay away.

“I don’t get involved in the negotiation process of things,” Gailey told “That’s Buddy (Nix) and the management group. I don’t get involved in that. I think that’s a very quick way to alienate players because you sit in there and they’re talking how great they are and management is saying, ‘Well look your stats don’t do this and don’t do that’ to try to balance the playing field. It’s no place for a coach.”

Johnson, who eclipsed 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons as the Bills' No. 1 wideout, will become a free agent in early March if he doesn't agree to terms with Buffalo.

Both sides have reiterated that they want to get re-married, but money talks.

"He's very important to us and we'd love to have him," Gailey said.

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