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Let's Franchise Tag Leodis McKelvin. It's the right thing to do.



Let's Franchise Tag Leodis McKelvin. It's the right thing to do.

It's the right thing to do, because it allows us to retain his services for another season without having to pay a huge contract; allowing the Bills to devote the big money in the secondary to Jairus Byrd.

It's the right thing to do, because someone mentioned that some team, looking at McKelvin's stats as a return man this season (he leads the league), might be willing to pay big bucks, thinking they're getting a double-threat in the mold of Devin Hester . . . if so, they'll be obligated to give the Bills a first-round pick in return (which we can use to draft that shiny-new franchise QB everybody wants.)

It's the right thing to do because should either his performance as a returner or a nickel CB -- which morphed into being a starter when Williams went down -- or both, regress next season, he can be released with minimal fuss.

It's the right thing to do because, with the departure of Drayton Florence and the likely retirement of the no-longer-healthy Terrence McGee, McKelvin is the Bills "senior" CB.

It's the right thing to do, because next season, if either Stephon Gilmore continues to be a DPI magnet, or if Aaron Williams continues to remain five yards behind his receiver with his head turned -- or, if both happen -- and there's no McKelvin around, our choices at CB consist of a player coming off a rookie year he spent half of which on IR (Brooks), an undersized second-year player (Rogers), and a Steelers practice squad reject (Butler.) One need only review the performances of those three in the second half of the Jags game, after McKelvin left with injury, to realize how unappealing that prospect is.

It's the right thing to do because -- save for that incident on the plane -- McKelvin appears to have turned the corner, in terms of maturity, this year: he didn't complain when reduced to a nickle role in camp, made the most of his opportunities when they were given, and in general is letting his game do more of the talking than his mouth, in marked contrast to his first two years.

So, let's Franchise Tag Leodis McKelvin. It's the right thing to do.

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Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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