Ty Dunne of the Buffalo News recently spoke to Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin about his future with the team. McKelvin has spent his entire NFL career with the Bills and is signed through 2016. The cornerback, Buffalo's first round pick in the 2008 NFL draft, carries a cap hit of $4.9 million next season so his time with Buffalo could be coming to an end.
However, McKelvin told Dunne that he'd be willing to take a paycut to remain in Buffalo. In fact, money doesn't seem like much of a concern at all to McKelvin based upon his response:
“I have a lot of money in the bank.”
McKelvin's rookie contract paid him $19.4 million over five seasons and he's made it through three seasons of his 4 year, $17 million deal that was signed in 2013. The veteran's goal isn't to make more money elsewhere, it's to see the Bills win and get to the playoffs.
“For me personally, my goal is to stay here and get this team to the playoffs. No matter how many years it takes, that’s my goal."
McKelvin noted in the interview that he's even open to moving away from the cornerback position to play safety for Buffalo.
“We have a lot of things going on with our secondary,” McKelvin said. “All of us might not be here next year. You never know. With Aaron and his decision he may make. … I can make that move. I feel young enough. So I can do it, I can do it. It’s all about the want-to."
Aaron Williams suffered a major neck injury this season and it's possible that he retires next season. The safety has said that he'll know after he takes his first hit next season. If Williams were to walk away, the Bills would need a plan to replace Williams. It sounds as though McKelvin feels as if he can be a part of that plan.
McKelvin isn't one of Buffalo's most popular players. His fumble issues as a return man and iffy play in coverage have made him an easy target for Bills fans to criticize. Despite this, McKelvin seems intent on staying with Buffalo for the duration of his career. If the price is right and the coaching staff feels that McKelvin can succeed as a safety, it'd make plenty of sense to bring him back in 2016.