Bills GM Doug Whaley mentioned during an interview with WGR 550 that they plan to begin speaking to the representatives for CB Stephon Gilmore, LT Cordy Glenn and QB Tyrod Taylor about contract extensions in the coming weeks.
“Negotiations took a hiatus for draft weekend,” Whaley explained, via BuffaloBills.com. “We’ll regroup this week and set a game plan through to the minicamp. I’ll sit down with Jim Overdorf and reach out and see if we can just keep the lines of communication open.”
Whaley added that neither of these players are priority of the others.
“They’re all the same,” Whaley said. “We’re going to try to work as diligently as possible to get all three of those guys (extended). This is where we want to get to. Have good players on our team and then keep them instead of going out into free agency. We’d like to use free agency for the value guys. So when you have potential stars that we’ve drafted or acquired and they’re on our roster now, why not throw the money at those guys?”
Whaley mentioned that he’s “supremely confident” they’ll be able to fit all three players into their 2017 salary cap on new deals.
Glenn, 26, played out his four-year, $4,865,180 rookie contract before the Bills used their franchise tag on him, which will run thems $13.7 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Glenn appeared in all 16 games for the Bills and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 9 offensive tackle out of 76 qualifying players.
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, which 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.
Taylor, 26, signed a three-year, $3.35 million contract that included just $1.2 million guaranteed with the Bills back in March. However, the third year of his contract actually voided after he surpassed the snap limit included in the agreement last year.
In 2015, Taylor threw for 3,035 yards passing while completing 63.7 percent of his passes to go along with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. Taylor has also contributed 568 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns over the course of 14 games.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 quarterback out of 38 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding potential extensions for these three players as the news is available.