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Buffalo Bills See "Important Role" For Leodis McKelvin On Defense

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Leodis McKelvin will, indeed, be a strong contender for a starting cornerback job in 2013, according to new Bills head coach Doug Marrone.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

As the Buffalo Bills made newly re-signed cornerback Leodis McKelvin available to reporters on Monday, the team released a statement on the move from new head coach Doug Marrone. In it, Marrone confirmed that McKelvin is a candidate for a starting cornerback job heading into the 2013 season.

"We’re excited that Leodis remains on our roster," said Marrone. "Obviously, he is one of the most exciting kick returners in the game today, but we’re also counting on him to be very competitive for the starting corner position opposite Stephon Gilmore. We feel he could play an important role in our defense moving forward."

The starting opportunity was assumed from the moment the reported terms of McKelvin's contract (four years, $20 million, $7.5 million guaranteed) were made public this weekend. His chief competition for the job, 2011 second-round pick Aaron Williams, has been at least as up-and-down as McKelvin has been early in his career - and he's struggled to stay healthy, to boot.

Unless the Bills make another serious move at cornerback, however, we're likely to see a lot of the Bills' two most inconsistent defensive backs next season - and in very prominent roles, to boot.