The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Tyrod Taylor to a contract extension earlier this 2016 offseason. They are now moving to cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who also wants a long-term deal.
Gilmore is just 25 years old with four years experience in the league and has played with the Bills since 2012. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Gilmore is looking for his first big contract in the NFL after getting paid about $12 million his first four years in the league.
According to NFL Rumors, Gilmore wants a deal similar to Josh Norman, the cornerback for the Washington Redskins. After the 2016 season, Norman will start a five-year $75 million contract.
“It allows us to put all of our focus on Stephon Gilmore It gives us a chance to say we have one piece of the puzzle done. Let’s try to get another piece of the puzzle done.” Doug Whaley, Bills general manager (GM) stated to Blogs.BuffaloBills.com
“Let’s not forget the fact that we have high profile players and they’re going to command top dollars. So we’re going to have to try our best to get them done. Will we get it done? We hope so, but it’s going to be process just like Tyrod’s contract.”
The Buffalo Bills GM, who officially announced the new contract for their starting quarterback Taylor, is hoping to make another announcement for their cornerback Gilmore soon.
In 12 regular season games in the 2015 season, Gilmore was credited 36 combined tackles and three interceptions. The Bills went 8-8 last season and failed to make the NFL postseason.
Buffalo takes on the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions in their preseason schedule. The Bills open the season against the Baltimore Ravens on September 12, 2016.
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