Bills, Gilmore play waiting game

October 27, 2016

By Sal Capaccio

Twitter @Salports

According to a source familiar with negotiations, there has been no contact between the Buffalo Bills and representatives of Stephon Gilmore since training camp when the team last offered the cornerback a multi-year deal worth an annual average of roughly $10.5 million.  A separate source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the former first-round pick is seeking a deal which would pay him among the top five players in the league at his position.

Gilmore is currently playing on a fifth-year option the team exercised this past offseason, paying him a guaranteed $11.082 million this year.  He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

If the two sides cannot work out a long-term agreement, the team can choose to place the franchise tag on the 26-year old.  That’s projected to cost around $14.5 million in 2017.  

While that figure also represents the average of the top-five CBs in the league, essentially the same amount Gilmore is looking for, it would only be for one season.  The team would prefer something longer to spread the money out for a lesser cap hit, and the player would prefer more security.

$10.5 million per year would currently be the ninth-highest paid cornerback salary in the league.  It’s exactly what the Dolphins' Byron Maxwell makes and is slightly above Jimmy Smith’s average with the Ravens.

Gilmore is currently tied for the team lead in interceptions (2) and passes defensed (7).  The South Carolina product has played 60 games in a Bills uniform since being drafted 10th overall by the team in 2012.

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