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Free agency focus: What to do with CB Corey White

Unrestricted free agency opens in the NFL with the start of the new league year on March 9. With 22 players set to hit the open market, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make between now and then. The Buffalo News will take a look at each player with an expiring contract, and offer a verdict on what the team should do. Next: Lerentee McCray.

Position: Cornerback. Age: 26. 2016 stats: 15 games (four starts), 22 tackles, four passes defensed, two interceptions.

Working in his favor: White was a team player, moving from cornerback to safety during the 2016 season. He ended up being the fourth cornerback behind Stephon Gilmore, Ronald Darby and Nickell Robey-Coleman, and could move up the depth chart if Gilmore departs. White's two interceptions made him one of just three players on the team with more than one. Like with so many other free agents the Bills have, White shouldn't come with a big price tag.
Working against him: After finding himself in an "open competition" with Darby for a starting job midway through last season, White potentially hurt his value on the open market by moving to safety at the request of the former coaching staff. His play at both positions drastically declined from earlier in the season.

Verdict: Capable depth in the secondary can be tough to find, and White gave the Bills some decent performances in 2016 at a bargain price. If he's willing to come back again on a one-year deal for close to the veteran minimum, the Bills should bring him back. He's also a contributor on special teams, which helps boost his value.

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