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Florence deal puts Bills at ease at CB

Drayton Florence’s return gives the Buffalo Bills security – and intense competition - at the cornerback position. Florence announced his own agreement to terms with the Bills this afternoon. ESPN reports it’s a three-year deal worth $15 million.

Now the Bills’ defensive backfield has enough experience and a margin for error. Florence, Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin are the top returning veterans who will be battling for two starting spots. Florence beat out McKelvin last year to start the regular season. But then McGee was injured for much of the season and McKelvin wound up starting 14 games. McGee is fully healthy. Now the Bills are not in a crisis if one of their outside corners goes down with a sprained ankle.

Buffalo drafted Aaron Williams 34th overall out of the University of Texas. He adds size and a physical nature to the cornerback spot, which should be a benefit. Williams figures to see time right away as the third corner in obvious passing situations. That’s a role that has been filled mostly by Reggie Corner the past two years. Corner now has major competition and stands as the fifth on the depth chart at the position. The Bills have a sixth player they like, too, in Richmond rookie Justin Rogers, who is a strong bet to make the team, even though he’s a seventh-round draft choice. You can't have enough depth at cornerback because every team sees guys at the position go down for short periods with strained muscles and other minor ailments.

---Mark Gaughan


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