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Stephon Gilmore sounds as uncertain as ever about his future with Bills

Stephon Gilmore has played for four different head coaches and defensive coordinators in five years in Buffalo.

So it's no surprise that the Bills' cornerback is ready for some stability.

"It's kind of like, you just sit back see who comes in next," Gilmore said Monday as the Bills cleaned out their locker following a disappointing 7-9 season that included coach Rex Ryan being fired. "Hopefully it's somebody who can change it around."

Of course, Gilmore may not be here to see that change. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, and sounded more uncertain about his future than ever.

"I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen," he said. "I’m prepared for whatever, you know what I’m saying? They’ve got a job to do. We’ll see what happens."

Gilmore said there have been no contract talks between his agent and the Bills during the season, which is what he preferred.

Asked whether he'd like to remain in Buffalo, he added "I would like to, but you know, that ain’t my decision to make."

If he does return, it could be with a fifth different coach (if Anthony Lynn doesn't stick around) and defensive coordinator.

"It’s frustrating, because everybody teach different things," Gilmore said. "You’ve just got to find a way to be successful in whatever system they have. It’s hard. Some guys play in a system for a long time, and that’s how end up making more plays, but you’ve got to learn how to adapt. That’s no excuse not to go out there and win games."

Gilmore played the 2015 season on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. The Bills could use the franchise tag on him if they can't reach a long-term deal.

"That's their opportunity," Gilmore said. "I don’t think anybody really wants the tag. I wouldn’t want it, but it is what it is if it happens."

Gilmore missed the Bills' 30-10 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday because of a concussion, but said he's been cleared from the league's protocol and is healthy.

He ended the 2016 season with five interceptions, which ranked fifth in the league.

"I feel like I got better as the season went along, and that’s what you want to do," Gilmore said. "You want to keep getting better and better, and keep peaking. … I’ve been in the league five years, started every year, so I’ve done proved myself a lot."

As for approach to free agency?

"We’ll see. I just pray about it," he said. "Whatever God has for me, he has for me. That’s how I look at it."

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