The talent at the Buffalo Bills' cornerback position was very good during the 2000s. Our first cornerback on the team, Nate Clements, built his career on timely interceptions. Antoine Winfield was a punishing tackler. Terrence McGee was steady and solid on defense while contributing in the return game. With all due respect to Jabari Greer, this is a two horse race.
With the No. 23 overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft, the Bills selected Ohio State cornerback Antoine Winfield. In the 2000s, Winfield started 56 games for Buffalo, and was always great in run support. In 2003, he had 94 tackles to come in just behind team leader London Fletcher. In total, he collected 253 tackles in his four years of the decade as a Bill, four interceptions, averaged ten pass breakups per season (the stat wasn't kept before 2001), forced three fumbles and recovered two, and added a sack. In 2008, he made the Pro Bowl as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
A fourth-round selection by the Bills in the 2003 NFL Draft, McGee established himself as a very good cornerback early on in his career. In fact, a driving force in not re-signing Winfield was the emergence of McGee. The injury-plagued corner has started 81 games, but never played a full season, coming the closest in 2007 with 15 starts. He has compiled 17 interceptions, one of which went back for a score, 93 passes defended, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, a touchdown return, and three sacks. In 2004, he joined Clements in the Pro Bowl as a return specialist. His 397 tackles rank him eighth all-time in Bills annals, and are tops amongst the CBs on this list.
Greer played in Buffalo for five seasons and started the majority of the games in his last two. In all, he tallied 26 starts in a Bills uniform and 70 games total. He picked off four passes and returned two of them for touchdowns, defended 28 passes, forced a fumble and recorded two QB sacks and 129 tackles.
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