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Bills want to extend Stephon Gilmore’s contract

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Chris Harper #14 of the New England Patriots catches a pass as Stephon Gilmore #24 of the Buffalo Bills defends during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bills cleared some needed space under the cap on Thursday by restructuring tight end Charles Clay’s contract and General Manager Doug Whaley said the team would be talking to other players about their deals in the near future as they continue trying to carve out room to make moves that include re-signing tackle Cordy Glenn and guard Richie Incognito.

One of the players they plan to approach is cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore is set to make $11.082 million this year after the Bills picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract and his cap hit, which is the same number, would go down if they’re able to work out a new deal.

“Absolutely,” Whaley said to Sal Capaccio of WGR 550.  “And that’s why [senior vice president of football operations Jim Overdorf] and his staff will be meeting with his representatives.  Not only will they be meeting with the unrestricted and restricted [free agents], but other guys on the team that we might want to extend.”

Gilmore started the first 12 games of last season for the Bills before heading to injured reserve with a torn labrum in his shoulder. He had 36 tackles and three interceptions and gave the Bills one-half of a solid tandem at corner along with rookie Ronald Darby.

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10 Responses to “Bills want to extend Stephon Gilmore’s contract”
  1. 700levelvet says: Feb 26, 2016 12:10 PM

    But Rexy is still the coach… What does it matter

  2. dohczeppelin says: Feb 26, 2016 12:20 PM

    Underrated corner with a bright future. Bills would be wise to lock him up. The Rex Ryan 3-4 scheme is heavily dependent on legitimate DBs being able to hold their own in 1-on-1 coverage.

    He’s also not a loudmouth idiot who gets himself into trouble all of the time and embarrasses the franchise, which is a rare thing in the NFL it seems.

  3. billsfanmike says: Feb 26, 2016 12:26 PM

    Just do it.

  4. idoubtiwillbother says: Feb 26, 2016 12:29 PM

    He really camel into his own last year, BUT can the team structure his contract in such a way that their salary cap hit is reduced for the four games he will miss every year?

  5. mjd08501 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:46 PM

    The Bills have the rare luxury of having two legit shutdown type corners. They can’t afford to lose that. If they can just get the front 7 in order a bit they have the chance to be special on defense with Gilmore and Darby in the back end

  6. williamc5468 says: Feb 26, 2016 1:43 PM

    Over-rated & often injured. Let him walk next year and use that $ elsewhere

  7. buffalostarwarsfan says: Feb 26, 2016 1:57 PM

    He’s only overrated if you’re the type of person who believes a shutdown corner should give up zero receptions against in single coverage per season.

  8. spoiledsport99 says: Feb 26, 2016 5:37 PM

    Overrated, often injured, doesn’t make picks, gets flagged frequently, gets burnt on 3rd down and for TD’s a lot. Sure the Buffalo media is always talking how great he is so lots of our fans think he’s good but I’ve rarely seen it. Let him walk like Byrd, don’t waste the money.

  9. billsfaninhouston says: Feb 26, 2016 5:52 PM

    I used to think he was not very good, got burned by some receivers. However, the past two seasons have been great. He really gets his hands up to deflect the ball and has gotten his timing of hits to the receiver down well. He’s worth the money to keep. We need core, elite players; he’s one of them.

  10. laxcoach37 says: Feb 27, 2016 10:40 AM

    This is a perfect example of how Defenses fail to exceed. The Bills have 2 decent Corners and need to lock them up. Then the Front can perform better. Teams like my Dolphins made the mistake of paying the precious DE’s big money and getting Suh snd leaving 3rd stringers and low cost journey men and then the opposing QB’s rips them apart with Quick Hit, Slants Screens and 3 step drops. LB’s and Secondary have no chance. Cover CB’s produce QB delay time and aids the front. Pay the Man!

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