We did this a few weeks ago with Stevie Johnson and then he went and dropped five passes the next week. Nevertheless it's time to take a look at another Buffalo Bills player who is actually playing well.
Drayton Florence was signed as veteran insurance at the cornerback position a year and a half ago. He was coming off a truly pitiful season in Jacksonville and the Bills had to replace the departed Jabari Greer. They signed Florence in March and drafted McKelvin in April hoping that one of the two would work out.
I think we know which of the two has done better.
This season Florence is leading the team with three interceptions and he's scored two defensive touchdowns. After recording his first interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Florence is on pace to have one of his best years in the NFL. If his averages continue he'll set or tie personal bests in interceptions and passes defended and has already set career-highs in fumble recoveries and touchdowns.
Currently Florence is in the second of a two-year, 6.6 million dollar contract. He will be a free agent at the end of the year. As a comparison contract, Terence McGee signed a five-year, $27 contract in 2009. Greer signed a four-year, $22M contract with the Saints that the Bills were reportedly unwilling to match. With McKelvin also earning an average of just under $4M a year and signed through 2013, Buffalo may be leery of committing over $4M a year to three players at the same position.
Florence had this to say yesterday on Twitter.
"Want to finish my career in Buffalo if everything works out as planned (God's plan)."
So Bills fans, should the Bills extend another cornerback?