Bills keep Leodis McKelvin with four-year, $20 million deal


Now this is more like it.

The Bills have made a significant signing, keeping cornerback/return man Leodis McKelvin with a four-year, $20 million deal, according to Alex Marvez of

His return skills aren’t in doubt, but he’s still developing as a defensive player.

But with that kind of money, they’ll probably want to see more from him there to justify a sizable investment.

McKelvin was No. 78 in PFT’s Free Agent Top 100, as we chip away at that list in advance of the opening of the full market Tuesday.

17 responses to “Bills keep Leodis McKelvin with four-year, $20 million deal

  1. LOL, for a kick returner who cant play CB (which is his listed position) , Bills were just bidding with themselves and priced this guy to this?

  2. I’m a Bills fan and I think this is way too much money for a guy who still hasn’t developed into a consistent starter. His only real value is as a kick returner and several starting caliber defensive backs are on the market that could be had for a similar contract.

  3. With Aaron Williams looking like a complete bust at CB, our depth at CB is questionable at best. 5 mil a year is not that bad fir an All Pro caliber return man and solid slot corner (he’s terrible on the outside). He would have got that contract from some team on the open market. Good re-sign by the Bills.

  4. The Bills have few guys who really stand out at any aspect of their game, who inspire any respect. It’s good to see them re-sign one of them.

  5. Please tell me the zero in the headline is a typo. That should be a 4 year $2M deal. Then again they are paying Brad Smith $4M a year to play quarterback 6 plays a year.

  6. Some team would have picked him up for the same or more $. McKelvin may not be good enough to start right now, but with more work from these new coaches, I believe he could eventually line up opposite Gilmore. Right now he is a solid nickel Corner with exceptional return skills. His punt return average was 5-7 yards more than the next closest return man throughout the league. The Bills just wanted to make sure he didn’t go anywhere.

  7. And just like that – Leodis McKelvin takes Chris Kelsay’s place as Bills fan’s “overpaid” whipping boy.

    To be honest, i’m glad he’s coming back. He was lightning in a bottle on kickoffs and he started showing some good instincts and confidence as a DB – as 2012 progressed.

    Let’s face it, Cornerbacks don’t come cheap. I predict that once we see what Sean Smith and Brent Grimes get – this contract will be on par with what McKelvin’s value is. Whether you agree with the market price or not.

  8. This move really hurts Bills more than you might think. Now, every playing looking to sign with Bills will gauge their value using the starting point of this contract.

    Good to sign this guy, but BAD BAD contract amount – who is running the show???

  9. As a Bills fan. They should have cut him as a rookie. I still maintain that same stance. Awful signing. Hate it hate it hate it!

  10. Not looking good for the new coaches if they wanted to keep him around. Strike 1 Dougie.

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