The Bills’ first order of business this offseason is signing cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a contract extension. It should be a no-brainer, a win for both parties.
Gilmore has one year left at $11 million on his original deal. The Bills used a one-year option at that lofty price to lock him up for a fifth season. But with a new deal, they can lighten his 2016 cap hit, making it easier to sign free agents Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito and Nigel Bradham.
Gilmore is coming off his best season. He was seventh in the NFL in passes defended despite missing four games with a shoulder injury.
Ronald Darby credited Gilmore as a mentor during his breakout rookie season. They’re becoming one of the top corner tandems in the league. Gilmore says the film doesn’t lie. But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl, so he can’t expect to be paid top money.
A fair comparison is Denver’s Chris Harris, a two-time Pro Bowler who got a five-year, $42.5 million deal last year with $25 million guaranteed. An extension in the five-year, $40 million range sounds about right for Stephon.
Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.
Today’s Power Takes
* Milt Northrop’s Power Take: Bennett grad Msgr. Zeitler made his mark as an athlete
* Tyler Dunne’s Power Take: Draft is a prime mining area for Bills to get quarterbacks
* Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Give Gilmore an extension, but be reasonable about it