The Buffalo Bills have officially picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback Stephon Gilmore. General manager Doug Whaley said the team intended to pick up Gilmore's option back at the NFL owners meetings.
By picking up the fifth-year option on Gilmore, the Bills will pay the cornerback $11.082 million in 2016. Gilmore was the tenth overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft. Since the cornerback was drafted in the top ten, his option is worth the transition tag at cornerback. Buffalo can negotiate a long-term deal with Gilmore that would bring his cap hit down in 2016.
Gilmore has improved yearly at cornerback and is coming off of a terrific 2014 season. Buffalo's No. 1 cornerback was especially strong in the second half of the 2014 season. Pro Football Focus rated Gilmore as the NFL's seventh best cornerback from Week 8 to the end of the season.
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