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Bills View Signing CB Stephon Gilmore To An Extension As A “Priority”

Bills GM Doug Whaley mentioned that signing CB Stephon Gilmore to a long-term contract is a “priority” for them this offseason.

Absolutely,” Whaley said when asked about lock up Gilmore, via WGR 550 Buffalo. “And that’s why (Jim Overdorf) and his staff will be meeting with his representatives.  Not only will they be meeting with the unrestricted and restricted (free agents), but other guys on the team that we might want to extend.”

Buffalo could use some additional cap room to work with and outside of releasing DE Mario Williams, signing Gilmore to an extension would be one of their easiest sources for cap relief.

Gilmore, 25, was taken with the No. 10 overall pick by the Bills back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract, but the Bills elected to pick up his fifth-year option last year that will pay him $11 million for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Gilmore appeared in 12 games and recorded 36 tackles, three interceptions, and 18 pass defenses for the Bills. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.