On Friday the Buffalo Bills released nine-year veteran cornerback, Drayton Florence, as the team is quickly trying to save money to help afford the $100 million dollar addition of defensive end, Mario Williams. The decision to let Florence go was not overly shocking, but it will certainly rob the team of their most aggressive man on the outside. Florence has gotten his hands on 7 interceptions (including two touchdowns) in his 3 years playing in Orchard Park, New York and gave the team reliability on the outside.
However, Buffalo obviously had the depth at the position to make the move after they grabbed Stephon Gilmore out of South Carolina in the first round. The kid is very physical and his phenomenal tackling ability projects him to be a shutdown corner in the near future. Gilmore will certainly help fill the void left by Florence’s departure and the rookie now has a chance to crack the starting lineup.
The team will also be returning some veterans at the position with Terrence McGee, Leodis McKelvin, and Reggie Corner. Buffalo will also be returning 2011 second round selection, Aaron Williams, who missed the majority of his rookie season with a knee injury. These players will get the majority of the work with Florence gone and it will now be up to them to make plays in the new-look Buffalo defense.