Last month, after the Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Aaron Williams of Texas in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, GM Buddy Nix made it very clear that the move didn't mean the end for free agent Drayton Florence in Buffalo.
"We think Drayton wants to be here, and we want him here. We're going to try to sign Drayton Florence," Nix said on May 2.
Knowing that the team intends to try to bring Florence back, the next logical question is trying to figure out what it might cost. Certainly, it would require a raise - in terms of contract length and yearly earnings - on the two-year, $6.6 million deal he signed with Buffalo in 2009. It's exceedingly unlikely, however, that the Bills would need to replicate the six-year, $36 million deal Florence signed with Jacksonville in 2008.
As a point of reference, a year ago the New England Patriots re-signed cornerback Leigh Bodden to a four-year, $22 million deal with $10 million guaranteed. That contract nearly exactly replicates the deal Jabari Greer signed with New Orleans in 2009 - and as you may recall, Buffalo had an offer to Greer on the table that year, as well. Our question for you: is $5.5 million annually too costly to retain Florence?