The 2016 season is upon us, but John Clayton of ESPN is looking towards 2017. More specifically, Clayton is looking at players who he views as the Top 25 free agents of 2017. On Clayton's ESPN Insider list are two Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore and Tyrod Taylor. Gilmore just cracked the list at No. 25 while Taylor was No. 16 on Clayton's list. Here's what the ESPN senior writer said about both players.
25. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills: Gilmore has threatened to hold out of training camp because of his contract. He's likely to get a big extension from Buffalo.
16. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills: Taylor proved last season that he can be an above-average starting quarterback. With a big season in 2016, he could get a long-term deal in Buffalo or from another team on the open market.
Progress between Gilmore and the Bills are at a standstill, so Gilmore has a legitimate chance of hitting free agency next year. Buffalo has the option of placing the franchise tag on Gilmore.
Taylor's odds of hitting free agency aren't as strong. The quarterback seems to be Buffalo's top priority and both sides are apparently open to negotiating a new deal in-season. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Taylor signed to a long-term deal by the Bills bye week. If a long-term deal cannot be worked out, Taylor would likely receive the franchise tag.