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Kelsay's deal is done

Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Chris Kelsay confirmed today he signed a contract extension with the team on Tuesday.

Kelsay was in the final year of his contract with the Bills. The extension runs for four years and is believed to be worth about $24 million. The deal is very similar to his current deal, which avearged $5.75 million a year and was signed prior to the 2007 season.

"There’s no question about it, I’m thrilled," said Kelsay. "I want to end my career here, and this gives me an opportunity to do that. Obviously it still comes down to production and putting it out on the field. But it’s a step I was willing to take, and they were willing to take, more than that."

Kelsay is eighth season with the Bills and turns 31 on Oct. 31. The deal represents a big endorsement of Kelsay from the team's new regime of General Manager Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey.

"Obviously they thought highly enough to make an offer to me and I feel very honored that they did so," Kelsay said. "Any time you get offered an extension and you come to terms and both sides work hard on it, it’s gratifying. At the same time it happened in the season, it’s not my focus, it never was my focus. I told Buddy when he got hired, ‘I’m not looking beyond this year. I want to do all I can to help us win this year.’ It was nice to get it done so we can move forward and I don’t have to think about it anymore.”

The Bills see Kelsay stout outside backer with versatility in pass coverage. He's not a big sacker. He has 22 sacks the past six seasons, including five in 2009. The move gives the Bills a bit more long-term security at outside linebacker. The jury remains out on the team's younger outside linebackers, Aaron Maybin, Chris Ellis, Antonio Coleman and Danny Batten (who is on injured reserve). Veteran Reggie Torbor was added in May and is signed through 2011.

---Mark Gaughan

 

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