Today it was announced that the Buffalo Bills have re-signed their cornerback and elite return specialist Leodis McKelvin to a four-year, $20 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed. McKelvin had two punt returns for touchdown this year.
While he excelled at returning in 2012, McKelvin’s defensive play was less than desirable, as he only started four games all year long at cornerback. This being said, it’ll be interesting to see what new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine Jr. and defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson can do with him on the defensive side of the ball.
At worst, second year corners Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks could push McKelvin to the limit, especially now that he’s earning big money.
If McKelvin could live up to his hype of when he came into to the league in 2008, this could be a potential steal at only on average $5 million per season, especially compared to some players like Cortland Finnegan and Champ Bailey, whom have base salaries over $9 million alone — and that is before bonuses and incentives.
All and all, this was a smart signing for the Bills, although it was a little too pricey for just a return guy. It was similar to the Chicago Bears‘ signing of Devin Hester. One can wonder if there’s massive incentives in this contract and if so, this could look like a brilliant move by the Bills.