The Buffalo Bills have agreed today with first round draft pick cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The deal is reportedly a four year, $12 million contract for the 10th overall pick who is looking to come right in and take a starting job in Western New York.
This contract, which has an option for a fifth year, is a great one for the 6-foot-1 190 lb. corner from South Carolina.
Gilmore was a star for the Gamecocks as he started 40 games in his three year career, including being a two-time all conference selection in one of the toughest conferences in America, the SEC.
Gilmore,, who was the second corner taken in the draft behind Morris Claiborne from LSU, is happy to be able to get the contract done and out of the way.
”I wasn’t going to let it be a distraction. I wasn’t really worried about it,” he said in a statement released by the team. ”I knew it was going to come through. Now I can just focus on football and do what I want to do.”
The Bills have already seemed to make room for the rookie by releasing veteran corner Drayton Florence last week, and Gilmore seems to be relishing the opportunity.
The three day rookie-mini camp has already seen Gilmore play well as he was breaking up passes and making plays in his first days in a Bills uniform.
It will be exciting and interesting to see how he comes in and plays with the veterans, as he will be part of a hopefully strong, new-look defense in Buffalo.
The other corners on the active roster right now include, Ron Brooks, Terrence McGee, Leodis McKelvin, Prince Miller, Justin Rogers, and Aaron Williams.
Follow me on twitter @jeffsattora