Stephon Gilmore's first Pro Bowl couldn't have come at a better time.
The Buffalo Bills' cornerback recently finished the final year of his rookie contract, and is just over a month away from unrestricted free agency and the riches that undoubtedly will come with it.
Of course, the Bills could make sure Gilmore doesn't get there, by way of a contract extension or use of the franchise tag. That decision is one of the biggest facing General Manager Doug Whaley and new coach Sean McDermott this offseason. Speaking with the league's official website this week in Orlando -- site of the Pro Bowl -- Gilmore said he's been in contact with McDermott.
"I talked to him on the phone, then I got a call from Leslie Frazier, those guys called me," Gilmore said. "It's all up to them. They seem like they're going to turn it around out there but, like I said, I don't know what's going to happen. They got a decision to make."
That's been consistent with his stance since last summer, when the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension before the start of the regular season. Gilmore preferred not to negotiate during the year.
As the top available pending free agent at cornerback, he's set to cash in.
"No hopes," Gilmore told NFL.com. "Whatever happens is going to happen. But I want to be wanted wherever I go. I put it in God's hands. If it's somewhere else, it is what it is."