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Report: The Buffalo Bills are focusing on a long-term deal for Stephon Gilmore

Buffalo has had little progress with Tyrod Taylor and plan to focus on extending Stephon Gilmore.

According to a report from Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News, the Buffalo Bills are focused on extending the contract of cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

In the report, Carucci states that the Bills are focused on Gilmore after the team has made little progress in contract talks with quarterback Tyrod Taylor. According to Carucci:

There has been little, if any, progress in negotiations to extend Taylor's deal, an NFL source at the league meetings here said.

The Bills' larger immediate priority, according to the source, is doing an extension for cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who is also entering the final year of his agreement. The team presented Gilmore, who is due to receive $11.082 million this year, with an offer before the start of the NFL's free-agency period on March 9.

This news shouldn't be alarming to Bills fans at all. Extending Taylor's contract this offseason made little to no sense. Buffalo's cap space is very limited for the 2016 season and Taylor's cap hit of $3.133M is a deal in itself. The Bills are simply being smart about their limited cap space this season and waiting until 2017 when they're expected to have close to $50 million in cap space. At that point,Buffalo will have the money to re-sign Taylor long-term.

As for Gilmore, the Bills could actually save money in 2016 by extending the cornerback. Gilmore's current cap hit in 2016 is a shade over $11 million. If the two sides reach a long-term deal, the Bills could lower Gilmore's cap hit in 2016 while paying him larger amounts of money in 2017 and beyond.

According to Carucci, the Bills would like to extend Gilmore to a deal that pays him "between $12 and $12.5 million per season" on average. Based upon the contracts of other top cornerbacks in the NFL, Buffalo may have to increase that total to $13 to $14 million per season on average to get a deal done.

Gilmore has played like a No. 1 cornerback with Buffalo and his coming off of the best season on his career. At 25 years ago, Gilmore is just entering his prime, and in Rex Ryan's defense you could argue that no position is more important than cornerback. It's something that Gilmore's representatives will surely point out during negotiations.


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